Redknapp calls for urgency in Champions League play-off
Published 25/08/2010 | 15:45
Harry Redknapp has urged Tottenham to "swarm" all over Young Boys at White Hart Lane tonight as his side look to book their place in tomorrow's Champions League group draw.
“I wouldn't say we have to be patient, we've got to get after them,” Redknapp said.
Tottenham trail 3-2 from the first leg and Redknapp added: “It's important to get after them early, to set them back. We have to move the ball, play with pace, press them, put them under pressure.”
Redknapp is hoping for a special atmosphere having witnessed some of the great european escapades as a teenager.
“They were great nights, great atmospheres. We want the same European nights here.”
One man determined to block Spurs' advance is a former Tottenham fan.
Having grown up in nearby Enfield, Scott Sutter once hijacked a piece of the pitch at White Hart Lane.
He said: “I remember waiting behind the gates for autographs from players when I was there with my dad and I sneaked into the stadium and got a piece of grass and kept it at home for about three weeks.”
Sutter believes that, despite having seen his side throw away a three-goal advantage, Spurs are still the team under pressure.
“Everything is still open,” added Sutter, 24. “They have more pressure on them than us and we have nothing to lose. If we can get through the first 20-25 minutes without conceding a goal then we have a fairly good chance.”
Spurs, though, have an impressive record in European competition at White Hart Lane.
In 63 home ties in the three major European competitions Spurs have lost just three times and need to win tonight to progress to the group stages.