Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Redknapp promises attacking performance from Spurs

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists it is impossible for his team to "park the bus" at Stamford Bridge this weekend and play for a point.

Spurs were once accused by Jose Mourinho of only being interested in a goalless draw when they visited Chelsea - but Redknapp believes the current side have natural attacking instincts and are too small play for a stalemate.

Redknapp's men also head into the clash on Sunday as the only team to beat Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League since February.

"We have to be aware of that they have a great strikeforce but we have good players as well," the Spurs boss said.

"We're full of internationals and we have to believe that we can cause more problems than them.

"We can't go there and nullify them for 90 minutes - we haven't got the players to do that. I have attacking players who like to play and express themselves. We'll attack them and give it our best shot."

Redknapp is certainly not underestimating the task. He has been impressed with Carlo Ancelotti's diamond formation and predicts Chelsea finishing in the top two this season.

"I would expect them or Manchester United to be top come May, it will be between those two," he said.

"Chelsea play a system which is difficult to play against. They get width from their attacking full-backs and they get extra bodies in midfield.

"He (Ancelotti) played that way in Italy and I'm sure he will be a great success in England. He has a great record and he has great players."

Redknapp is trying to break into the top four and join Chelsea as one of England's Champions League clubs, and he is aware he needs to create a mentality at Spurs to match the heavyweights.

This would include plenty of competition for places, such as having Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko competing for two places up front.

He has little cover, however, for Benoit Assou-Ekotto at left-back - Gareth Bale has been out with a knee injury and played a friendly against QPR this week - or Luka Modric in left midfield. It meant Keane started there against United last week.

"Robbie can play there," Redknapp said.

"He's a fantastic front man but he can play in that position. He puts a shift in, he's clever, he comes off the line and can do the job in that position.

"Niko Kranjcar can play there and he won't be happy on the bench but that's football, that's life. We have to turn this into a club where it's not easy to get into the first team.

"Look around the league and see how many clubs there are where people are sitting on the bench who are top class - there are top players doing that at Manchester United, for example. That's what successful teams do, they have competition everywhere."

Heurelho Gomes also played in the QPR friendly and is in contention for a starting place at Chelsea.

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