Redknapp Fancies Spurs’ Chances
Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp reckons that tonight’s match against BSC Young Boys will be “a spectacular night at White Hart Lane" – though he’s careful to concede that their opponents in the Uefa Champions League play-off second leg will prove “difficult”.
First-leg goals from Sebastien Bassong and Roman Pavyluchenko helped to turn a miserable night at the Wankdorf Stadium – where Spurs trailed 3-0 after only 30 minutes – into a battling 3-2 defeat that has edged them into pole position in the eyes of the manager considering their superior strength in home games.
“We're a fantastic team at home,” says Redknapp. “The first half against Manchester City in the first game of the season was as good as you'd have seen a Tottenham side play for many years.
"We need to win the game. If we can't win tomorrow from the position we're in now, we don't deserve to be in the group stages, do we?”
Their desire for goals in this game is sure to be boosted by the return of four strikers who sat out Saturday’s game at Stoke - Pavyluchenko, Giovani dos Santos, Robbie Keane, and Jermain Defoe are all available again.
However, recent developments for the latter could be quite damaging to Spurs in the long run – Redknapp announced this week that 27 year-old striker Defoe is to go under the knife next week in hopes of repairing a groin injury sustained during the World Cup. The Spurs manager has suggested, however, that Defoe may still play a part tonight.
Defoe’s woes are sure to affect his chances of being the Premier League’s top scorer this season; he’s slipped to 25-1 with Boylesports to top the list. Spurs themselves don’t seem like much of a threat with the bookies; Sky Bet pays out at 40-1 that they’ll win the Champions League, while Bwin offers the same odds that they’ll become only the fifth team to win the Premier League come this May. Despite this, Spurs fans ought to relax with the good chance of enjoying Europe’s finest visiting White Hart Lane later this year.