Harry Redknapp has revealed how his pre-match team talk scared his players to perform well against Liverpool on Sunday.
It was the first victory for Spurs at Anfield for 17 league visits and makes them favourites to finish fifth and qualify for the Europa League next season.
Speaking to Sky Sports Redknapp said: “I scared them before the game by saying that if we don’t win we are top of the Fair Play League, which means we come back in two weeks’ time and start playing – they thought I was joking.”
The threats were clearly taken on board as Spurs produced a marvellous performance to win 2-0 and overtake Liverpool in the race for 5th place.
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England gains extra Europa place.
As a result of the Respect Fair Play rankings the Premier League has today been granted an additional place in next seasons Europa League. Spurs, who lie third in the table could have ended up qualifying even if they had lost to Liverpool yesterday.
After enjoying a fabulous debut season in the Champions League manager Harry Redknapp admitted to Sky Sports that the Europa League was not a primary concern for the club. He said: “We are not fighting for the Europa League; we are fighting to finish fifth.”
Fortunately, after yesterday’s win Spurs are now in pole position to finish fifth. If results had been different Redknapp may not have been a happy man today.
Rossi linked with summer move.
One of the many unfulfilled January transfer rumours involved Spurs’ pursuit of Villarreal striker Guiseppe Rossi. According to reports in today’s Sport magazine the Spanish club are ready to cash in on their 24 year old striker.
The report goes on to quote a figure of £26m for the striker who was once at Manchester United. Rossi has enjoyed a particularly good season this year scoring 28 goals in all competitions.
This news will certainly alert the Spurs manager Harry Redknapp as he has already stated that he will be in the market for strikers this summer.