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Sunday 18 February 2018

Mourinho hails Redknapp ahead of Euro showdown

John Ley

Harry Redknapp is hoping to avoid a second mugging in Madrid after the Champions League draw paired Tottenham Hotspur with Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.

The last time the Spurs manager was in the Spanish capital, to see Real play Atletico Madrid, he was attacked by muggers who stole money from his pockets.

This time Redknapp leads his team in the Champions League in Madrid on April 5 and Mourinho warned that Tottenham have the ability to overcome any team after beating Inter Milan and AC Milan already this season.

"I left England in 2007-08 and Spurs weren't even in the first six in the Premier League," said the Real manager.


"Martin Jol started the good work and Harry has continued it in amazing ways. I'm so happy for that. He's a friend, one of the few really good friends I made in England.

Redknapp, meanwhile, was incredulous that his assistant Joe Jordan has been banned from the touchline at the Bernabeu following his confrontation with AC Milan's Gennaro Gattuso.

Gattuso butted Jordan and was banned for four games. "What he might have said is 'f*** off' to him and that was it," said Redknapp. "What is he supposed to say? 'Go away old chap, stop nutting me'."

Also in Nyon yesterday, all three Portuguese sides avoided each other in the draw for the Europa League quarter-finals, the final of which will be held in Dublin on May 18. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Europa League q/f draw

(Ties to be played April 7 and 14)

Porto v Spartak Moscow

Benfica v PSV

Villarreal v Twente

Braga v Dynamo Kiev

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