Tottenham manager wants Chelsea to win Champions League
Chelsea’s best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League might be to win this year’s competition, with the Blues holding a 1-0 advantage from their semi-final first leg against Barcelona.
April 20th, 2012
If Chelsea do win the 2012 Champions League, it will mean that the team finishing fourth in the Premier League will miss out on Europe’s top club competition, although Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp claims that he has been cheering on his team’s London rivals against Barca.
“I’ll be rooting for Chelsea,” Redknapp said. “I haven’t even thought about [missing out if Chelsea win the competition].
“If Chelsea stay in it they’ve got a Champions League final to prepare for, and then they’ve got a lot on their plate haven’t they? I want to see an English team win it anyway and I think they can do it.”
Most people still expect Barcelona to prove too strong for Chelsea at the Camp Nou next week, with Tottenham hoping to steal a march on their rivals by winning at QPR. Redknapp was quick to defend his players during Friday’s press conference.
“I don’t doubt the players, I just feel that in certain positions we’ve just left ourselves a little bit short,” Redknapp said. “One or two players have sort of tired and have not been at their best.
“I still think we will finish fourth, and third is a possibility. There are five games to go. Four wins will probably get us fourth but we have to think about winning all our games if we can.
“Newcastle, Arsenal and Chelsea are in the same position. It’s all to play for.”