Harry Redknapp has defended his decision to leave a string of senior players out of Tottenham’s Europa League game against PAOK on Thursday night, and claims he is not disrespecting the European competition.
With a Premier League game against Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Sunday, and a growing injury list, Spurs will field a scratch side against the Greek outfit, but Redknapp feels he had no other option.
“It’s not a case of prioritising a game, it’s just [using] what I have got. I couldn’t bring players out here, play them on Thursday night and play the same group against Liverpool,” he told The Telegraph.
“If I get a few injuries I have no back-up. I have nine senior, very, very good players who are injured. Some of them have played two international games so I wanted to change the team around. I have done that. I have not been able to use the strong group I have for this first game because for this first game they’re not fit.
“After this we will be able to field almost two very, very good teams in Europe,” he stated.
Spurs have left the likes of Luka Modric, Emmanuel Adebayor, Scott Parker and Gareth Bale in England, and will field a team of youngsters on Thursday, with Roman Pavlyuchenko and Sebastian Bassong the most senior players on show.
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