Harry cautious about Young Boys draw
Harry Redknapp was today taking nothing for granted after Tottenham were handed the easiest possible route to the Champions League proper.
Spurs’ first European Cup match for almost half a century will be against Swiss side Young Boys following this morning’s play-off round draw in Nyon.
The two-leg tie was a dream pairing for Redknapp’s side, who avoided much trickier clashes with the likes of Dynamo Kiev, Sampdoria, Auxerre and Braga.
But the Tottenham boss insisted reaching the competition’s lucrative group stage was not a foregone conclusion, with Young Boys having stunned Fenerbahce in the previous round.
"We’ll be favourites, obviously, but we have to give them the utmost respect," Redknapp told his club’s official website.
"They beat Fenerbahce in the last round and we watched the first leg on DVD and they could have won four or five; they hammered them at home.
"They then went away and won in Turkey and that’s a fantastic result.
"There are no easy games at this level. They also have an astroturf pitch at their stadium and they play well on it, so it will be a tough game for us.
"We’ll have to be prepared for it but we’ve got Manchester City before that in the Premier League (August 14) and that’s the first priority.
"We’ll get that one out of the way and then it will be into the Champions League and we’ve got to try and get into the group stages; that would be fantastic for the club."