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In it to win it

Posted on 19 February 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp insists we're going all out for a win in the Ukraine.

In it to win it

Harry Redknapp insists we're going all out for a win in the Ukraine.

It's no secret that the UEFA Cup sits behind the Premier League and Carling Cup Final in Harry's current list of priorities but he's determined to overcome Shakhtar Donetsk in the last 32 of the competition.

"Everyone wants to be in Europe and we've done our best," he said. "When I came here it looked like we might not qualify but we've won a couple of games and got ourselves in a position to qualify, which is great.

"You want to win every game and stay in every competition but our league position is the problem.

"The main priority is to stay in the Premier League, that's for sure. It's no good having a great run in the UEFA Cup and getting relegated. Hull is a massive game for us on Monday followed by Middlesbrough and Sunderland, with a cup final at Wembley against Manchester United in-between.

"We want to turn in a good performance, I don't want to get beat - believe me. We want to try to pull off a terrific result."

Shakhtar stood fifth at the winter break of the Ukraine Premier League with their domestic competition kicking-off again on March 2. Their season is split in two - July to November, March to May.

They are one of eight teams to finish third in their Champions League group and therefore enter the UEFA Cup at the last 32 stage.

They remain the only team to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp this season - 3-2 in the final group game - and won three of six games but were toppled by Barca and Sporting Lisbon.

"We've looked at lots and lots of videos and they have some outstanding players," added Harry. "They have great attacking full-backs, great skill in midfield with the Brazilian players. They are a very, very good team."

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