Harry on the month ahead
Harry Redknapp is relishing what is promising to be a make or break month ahead as the season builds to a thrilling climax.
Harry Redknapp is relishing what is promising to be a make or break month ahead as the season builds towards a thrilling climax.
Our April fixture list reads as follows…
We travel to bottom club Wigan in the Premier League next Saturday before the first leg of our mammoth Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu the following Tuesday.
We then return home for the visit of Stoke to the Lane on Saturday April 9, with the return leg of the Madrid game coming up the following Wednesday.
It will then be a welcome weekend off as our scheduled trip to Manchester City was re-arranged – but the respite is brief as another potentially defining clash comes up on Wednesday April 20.
Arsenal visit the Lane in what could be one of the biggest North London derbies of recent times with us battling for a top four spot and the Gunners still well in the title race.
West Brom then arrive in N17 three days later and, should we advance past Madrid, it will be either Barcelona or Shakhtar Donetsk who visit the Lane for the first leg of a Champions League semi-final on Wednesday April 27.
And if that wasn’t enough already, there is the small matter of a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea and round off the month on Saturday April 30.
So, Harry? “They’re big games and that’s why you need your squad. You need everybody fit and ready to go because you’re going to get injuries when there’s lots of games and you’re going to have to shuffle things around when you’re playing Saturday-midweek, Saturday-midweek.
“But they’re great games. Real Madrid - what a game to look forward to. What a tough game, but what a great game.
“There are no easy games – every game is difficult. Arsenal and Manchester United both struggled last weekend and Wigan away will be a very hard game.
“With Man City and Chelsea both strengthening, it’s only going to get harder to make that top four. It’s harder this year than it was last year but if we can do it again it will be fantastic.
“What we’ve done so far has been a fantastic achievement.”