Redknapp Issues A Battle Cry, Wants A 3rd Placed Finish!

3/27/12 in Soccer   |   dazzblack   |   61 respect

Spurs are battling Arsenal for the last automatic qualification spot for the Champions League and are at the same time trying to hold Chelsea off who are five points behind them in fifth place. The gap between 3rd and 4th place is a mere 3 points but with the scorching form that Arsenal is in at the moment, it does not look like they are going to give it away that easy, if at all.
From a position they were in only as recently as last month, being 13 points ahead of Arsenal, the fact that they have dropped 16 points is extremely alarming. Maybe the vacancy at the managerial post of the England national team has gotten to Redknapp’s head. Whatever it is, he has sounded the battle horns and has given Arsenal a warning that they are coming to take that third place. And they can, if Arsenal get complacent.
"It's in our favour, Arsenal have got some tough games, they've got Man City at home, Chelsea at home. It's all to play for still. We found ourselves suddenly from being 10 points clear to being behind Arsenal now. It can all change. We've got to keep picking up results."
Well I don’t see how it’s in his favour but anyways. Redknapp has urged his Spurs side to win at least 6 out of the remaining 8 games to ensure that even if they don’t get the automatic qualification, they will at least come in fourth and enter the qualification rounds.
"We've got decent games, I think, we've got to make sure now that we win six out of the last eight, if we can. You'd like to think we've got a chance of that."
Chelsea’s interim manager on the other hand insists that they need to win all of their remaining games (which includes one against Arsenal) if they are to have any chance of making the top four. When Chelsea doesn’t win the Champions League, Abrahamovic goes haywire; what happens if they don’t make the cut? *shudders*
This is what the Chelsea manager said: “To make the gap up, we would have to win all of them. It's going to be difficult but, from the day I was appointed, we always knew it was going to be a difficult task. There are still eight games to play and we will try to win as many as we can to try to get into fourth spot."
To end it all, Di Matteo is still fuming over the penalty incident that wasn’t given. In my opinion, that was a penalty.
"Assou-Ekotto just pulled him down because he wasn't aware of him. I think Ramires would've got on to the ball, it wasn't a doubtful one - that was an absolute penalty."
True that.
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