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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 12 September 2009  - 12:00

As part of our build-up to home games, we publish Harry Redknapp's exclusive column from our official matchday programme.

Harry's programme notes

As part of our build-up to home games, we publish Harry Redknapp's exclusive column from our official matchday programme.

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We achieved an important win in our last game here against Birmingham City, courtesy of a vital late goal from Aaron Lennon, which sent us into the international break in good spirits.

It was a game which we could have had sown up by half-time I feel, but we didn't capitalise on our breaks until Peter Crouch came on. He had some great efforts for us and I was well pleased with the overall performance and commitment the players showed again.

We have displayed a lot of character so far this season. We came from behind to win against West Ham and got pulled back to 1-1 by Birmingham, but still managed to achieve victory at the finish. That is what good teams do.

We did suffer a massive temporary loss last time out, however, with Luka Modric suffering a fracture to his fibula that will keep him out for a little while. In my opinion Luka is one of the best players in the Premier League without a doubt and he is going to be a great loss to us, but I am delighted to welcome his compatriot Niko Kranjcar to the Club.

We signed Niko from Portsmouth on transfer deadline day. I feel he possesses great ability - he is a terrific footballer and is a real Tottenham player. He was in the last year of his contract so I think both clubs can be happy with the outcome of the transfer.

We have also brought in Jimmy Walker to give us a bit of cover in the goalkeeping department. Jimmy is a great pro who I have admired since his time at Walsall and will be a great character to have around the place.

I do believe that we have a stronger squad now than when we finished last season. We have bought well and have greater balance across the board.

We are looking to get some players back from injury now. Heurelho Gomes and Ledley King hopefully could be available today, while the more longer-term ones like Gareth Bale, Jermaine Jenas, Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson are going to be returning pretty soon and when they are fit we have got a good squad to choose from.

Harry's notes

This afternoon we welcome Manchester United to White Hart Lane and there is no doubt that this is the type of fixture everybody looks forward to.

Any time you play Alex Ferguson's side is a special game because they are a fantastic football club with great tradition. It should be a great test for us. We had a good game here last year when the spoils were shared and I felt we gave as good as we got on that occasion.

They are the Premier League champions and I have no doubt they are going to be right up there again this year competing for the championship as well as when every other trophy is being handed out and that will always be the case for as long as Alex is in charge. The job he has done is second to none in football.

Due to the international break, the first time I saw most of the players since the win against Birmingham a fortnight ago was yesterday. I'm sure Alex is in the same boat as me here, but I do feel it is a crazy situation.

I would love to see a change to the international calendar whereby if any friendly games need to be played they take place in midweek immediately after Premier League weekend fixtures and then they can play the qualifiers on the following weekend. That way we get our players back for a whole week to prepare for our next fixture.

I have got players coming back from as far as Honduras, Mexico and Cameroon and you do not know who is going to be fit until they return. You end up looking at every bit of news on TV and scouring every paper just to see if anyone has picked up an injury. I just don't feel it is the right way to prepare for a Premier League match.

I'm delighted that the Club has become a Team Ambassador for the Special Olympics Global Football initiative alongside Inter Milan. It's a fantastic testament to the good work the Club and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation do in the community, especially around disability.

We have got a couple of massive games coming up now, starting today and then Chelsea next week but, as we have said a million times, there are no easy games in this division.

Let's hope it is another great game today.

Have a good afternoon.