Harry Redknapp: Spurs’ Champions League dream is not about money

Harry Redknapp: Spurs’ Champions League dream is not about money

Spurs trail Swiss side Young Boys 3-2 going into the home leg of their play-off, but if they can turn the tie around and reach the group stages the club will bank at least £10 million plus TV revenue.

That may persuade chairman Daniel Levy to loosen the purse strings and invest further in the squad. But Spurs boss Redknapp insists money is not everything.

‘I don’t think about the money,’ he said. ‘It would be a great honour to get into the Champions League group stages. It’d be fantastic to bring that to White Hart Lane.’
If he succeeds, Redknapp will join a small band of Englishmen to have managed in the Champions League but the former Bournemouth, West Ham and Portsmouth boss refused to call tonight’s game the biggest of his career.
‘I’ve had loads of games like that; relegation games, promotion games,’ he said. Tottenham’s injury problems have eased with strikers Roman Pavlyuchenko and Robbie Keane plus midfielder Giovani dos Santos all fit. Jermain Defoe can also play tonight but will undergo groin surgery next week.

Luka Modric and William Gallas are unavailable tonight while Redknapp confirmed long-term absentee Jonathan Woodgate will have one final groin operation in a bid to save his career.

Meanwhile, Redknapp denied he would swap Peter Crouch for Everton’s Steven Pienaar and played down his chances of tempting Lassana Diarra from Real Madrid.

‘He’s on big, big wages,’ said Redknapp, who revealed Diarra’s agent had been in contact with Spurs’ chief scout.

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