Harry: Champions League for me

Harry: Champions League for me

Published Feb. 12, 2011 10:49 a.m. ET

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp admits the prospect of playing in next year's Europa League fills him with dread.

The north London side beat Bolton with an injury-time goal last week to move level with fourth-placed Chelsea.

An impressive debut season in the Champions League has seen Tottenham beat Inter Milan, FC Twente and Werder Bremen on the way to securing qualification to a last-16 glamour tie against AC Milan.

With Manchester City and Liverpool having to endure tough trips to the far reaches of the continent this season, Redknapp admits anything other than qualifying for Europe's premier club competition next season would be a massive disappointment.


"I think everyone that gets in it (the Europa League) wants to be out of it. They put reserve teams out every game," Redknapp said.

"We want Champions League football again next year - it has been enjoyable and we want it."

With only 13 games remaining, Redknapp knows his side are now entering a make-or-break period in their push for qualification.

"The league is all important. That is our bread and butter and we want to do our best," Redknapp said.

"It will be difficult to get into the top four.

"Liverpool are coming into it now so don't write them off. They have some good players and are a good side.

"The manager has them playing and they will be close. Manchester United, Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal - you have to finish above one of them.

"It won't be easy but we have a chance. We have to keep winning, we can't afford to slip up."