Harry Redknapp has admitted that his Tottenham team to face Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League on Thursday night will be made up of fringe players, as the manager has an eye on Sunday’s clash with Arsenal.
The coach adopted a similar policy in Spurs’ first European game of the season against PAOK in Greece, resting first-team players for the Premier League tie with Liverpool three days later.
With the importance of the North London derby in his mind, Redknapp has admitted that most of his big name players will not feature against the Irish minnows.
“Before Liverpool I didn’t play too many of the lads [in the Europa League] and it worked for us as we came out flying against Liverpool [and won 4-0],” he told The Telegraph.
“I also did it before the Wolves game [which Spurs won 2-0] when we went to Greece. So I’m not going to throw too many of those boys in against Shamrock Rovers if I can help it,” he added.
The likes of Roman Pavlyuchenko, Sebastian Bassong and Giovani Dos Santos are expected to play, and their boss has set the challenge down for the second string to impress.
“It’s a great opportunity for them and for us to see what they’re about. If they’re unhappy about not being in the first team, here’s a chance to show me why they should be in it,” he continued.
The Telegraph also indicates that Aaron Lennon, Steven Pienaar and Danny Rose will all feature, as the trio return to the fray from injury.
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