Pulis promise to Spurs boss

BY foxsports • April 21, 2011

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 win."

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