Redknapp puts pressure on Benitez ahead of Chelsea clash

Queens Park Ranger’s manager Harry Redknapp has issued a challenge to Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez, saying he’d have to be a “real dope” to not succeed with the London club.

The Daily Star has reported that Redknapp, who took over at Loftus Road earlier this season, believes Benitez has been given an easy job given the class and quality of players that Chelsea already have at their disposal.

Benitez took over from Roberto Di Matteo after a run of poor results, and has since won seven of the last eight games, a statistic Redknapp isn’t too surprised about:

“He walked into a squad of players there who are Champions League winners,” Redknapp stated. “You’ve got a chance haven’t you. You’d have to be a real dope to mess it up with that group of players.”

Redknapp also stated that he believes his QPR side will need to invest in some new players in the transfer window, especially in his defensive department:

“Our two centre halves have given everything, but they’re both 35. No disrespect, but Ryan Nelson came here as fourth choice. He said he would give it a go for another year and play a few games if needed. He’s been fantastic here, but he’s played every game since I got the job.” Redknapp continued on by saying, “But we’re short and need a bit more and I’ve got to find one or two if I can.”

QPR have won just one game under Redknapp, their only win for the season so far, and currently find themselves in 20th spot and 8 points adrift of safety. But despite the poor standings at the league’s halfway point, Redknapp says he can see promise in the player’s attitude.

“I think they were all looking to blame each other for the horrendous start, but most have been fine and worked hard. We now need to find that little bit of quality somehow that can make the difference to us.”

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