Pulis promise to Spurs boss

Stoke and Manchester City were due to meet at Eastlands on FA Cup

final weekend but their participation in the showpiece has forced

the game back to Tuesday, May 17 – in the final week of the

domestic season. That has prompted a complaint from Tottenham

manager Harry Redknapp, who is concerned Stoke could benefit from

not winning the match. But Pulis said: “I can see where he

(Redknapp) is coming from but whichever team we send out will do

their best. “The fixture is there, we are happy with it, Manchester

City are happy with it and it has nothing to do with anyone else.”

If Stoke were to lose the FA Cup final, they could still qualify

for next season’s Europa League if the Citizens were to finish in

the top four in the Premier League. That would see Roberto

Mancini’s men make the Champions League and mean they would not

need the FA Cup’s Europa League place, which would instead go to

the Potters. Manchester City are currently fourth, two points ahead

of fifth-placed Spurs. Pulis, though, believes the

highly-competitive nature of the Premier League means it is

impossible to predict the outcome of a specific game. He added:

“Spurs have played Wigan twice this year, and Wigan have taken four

points off them. “Harry has picked a team on two occasions to win

both games. You can never pick a game and say it won’t be

difficult. We will go out and do our best. “If they shifted the

fixture I would be annoyed. “Whichever team I pick I expect to