Harry eyes San Siro smash-and-grab

The 63-year-old believes he must forsake the open, attacking style

his team have made their trademark when they come up against Inter

Milan in the Champions League. But he insists Spurs can catch the

Champions League holders on the break and return to White Hart Lane

with at least a point to give them a real chance of progressing to

the knockout stage. Tottenham began their first campaign in

Europe’s elite club competition encouragingly by taking a point

from Werder Bremen in Germany and then destroying FC Twente 4-1 at

home. Inter, under the new management of Rafael Benitez, is a step

up but Redknapp remains confident he can juggle the physical

demands of the Barclays Premier League with the pressures of

Europe’s top tournament. Redknapp said: “We can’t go out there and

be wide open. We’ve got to be sensible against the better teams.

“We have to be difficult to beat, first and foremost. I wouldn’t

sit here and kid ourselves – if we came back with a point we would

all be delighted. “We want to win, obviously, but you have got to

hit them on the break. You are not going to suddenly start swarming

all over them. They are a top team.” Redknapp’s assistant Joe

Jordan has been out to Italy to compile a dossier on Inter and

Tottenham will have them watched again against Cagliari in Serie A

on Sunday. Striker Diego Milito and midfielder Esteban Cambiasso

are both likely to miss Wednesday’s tie after picking up injuries

in Argentina’s defeat by Japan last weekend but Redknapp is aware

of Inter’s strength in depth. “They have real dangers,” said

Redknapp. “(Samuel) Eto’o is playing fantastic at the moment for

them. It will be a great game for the players to go there and show

what they can do. “We have always got attacking players. Whoever we

pick we will have our share of players who want to go forward and

create and score goals. That is how we play.” The experience of

Rafael van der Vaart has been crucial so far but the Holland

midfielder will be missing at the San Siro after his red card

against Twente. Redknapp said: “He’s got off to a great start. He’s

won the fans over early so it couldn’t have gone better. He’s had a

couple of victories with Holland and played well so it has been a

good week. “You either play him on the right or off the striker. He

has that freedom. We don’t ask him to do many duties in midfield.

You have to utilise his strengths and balance the team around him

to get the best out of him.” Redknapp, however, has admitted the

Premier League remains his priority, in as much as he believes

Tottenham have a better chance of qualifying for next season’s

Champions League by finishing fourth in the domestic league rather

than winning the trophy outright. So he is likely to juggle his

squad and that could mean an appearance for Niko Kranjcar. The

Croatian has been consigned largely to the bench this season

because of the brilliant form of Gareth Bale down the left. But he

scored twice for Croatia against Israel in last weekend’s Euro 2012

qualifier and followed that up with the winner in Tuesday’s

friendly against Norway. Redknapp said: “He’s been so unlucky not

to play. He’s such a good player but the whole squad is playing

well. “We’ve had a great start. We played well in Germany and had a

great win against FC Twente. It’s still going to be tough. “Our

group is so tight. We’ve two games against Inter Milan now and I

think we have to get some points from those games. “It’s a big

challenge and a fantastic game to look forward to.”