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Focus on Sunderland - Harry

Posted on 11 February 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp insists the squad is not looking beyond Saturday’s clash at Sunderland with AC Milan on the horizon.

Focus on Sunderland - Harry

Harry Redknapp insists the squad is not looking beyond Saturday’s clash at Sunderland with AC Milan on the horizon.

We face the Serie A leaders at the San Siro on Tuesday in the first leg of our last 16 tie in the Champions League, one of the biggest matches in the club’s history.

But our bid to finish in the top four of the Premier League comes first and that’s all the manager is interested in at the moment.

“Sunderland is a key game for us and we’re only concentrating on that,” said Harry. “We’re bang in the frame for a place in the top four and we’ll do our best to do that.

“It’s going to be difficult. We have to finish above United, Arsenal, City or Chelsea and Liverpool are coming right back into it.

“We’ve got a chance. We’re still in there but we have to keep winning. We can’t afford to slip-up.

“So it won’t be hard for the players to focus. They know the importance of the league. We’ve had two great wins in the league at Blackburn, a tough place to go and Bolton and we’re right in that group.

“It will be tough at Sunderland. Steve’s done a great job there and they have good players. He’s taken a couple of good players on loan, Sully Muntari, who I had at Portsmouth, Sessegnon, Gyan’s settled in well, so it will be difficult.

“But we’ve got good players as well and I’m sure we can cause them some problems.”