Redknapp: “We deserved to win UEFA Cup tie”
Tottenham’s Euro dream dies at the Lane
Tottenham 1/ Shakhtar Donetsk 1 (agg. 1-3)
Following last week’s defeat in whatever country Shakhtar Donetsk are from, Spurs coach Harry Redknapp warned us that he would be fielding a crappy side for the second leg. His ‘rotation policy’ failed to pay off last night (despite a brilliant opener from Giovani), but the gaffer remained in high spirits:
“The lads were terrific here and we were very unlucky not to win.”If we didn’t have a cup final coming up, I wouldn’t have been looking to rest players.
“No one wanted to win this tie more than I did. It would have been great to go through. We deserved to win and their coach told me so afterwards.”
Their coach told you so, Harry? That’s almost as good as an actual win, right? Presumably, the irony of focusing on a cup final whose prize is a place in the UEFA Cup isn’t lost on you, Mr Redknapp?