Redknapp: I have nothing to prove

BY foxsports • September 14, 2010

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is adamant he has "nothing to prove" ahead of his first Champions League game proper as a manager.

Redknapp secured a place at Europe's top table via last season's fourth-placed finish in the Premier League and subsequent play-off victory over Young Boys.

He faces Werder Bremen on Tuesday night in what will be Spurs' first match in the European Cup proper for almost 50 years.

However, Redknapp feels the onus is on his players to perform in Germany rather than being concerned about his own reputation.

"I don't go through my life thinking I've got to prove anything to anybody," said the 63-year-old.

"I proved what I could do by getting them into fourth place from where we were.

"My record has not been too shabby. I never think I've got anything to prove."

Full of internationals

He added: "It's the players who have got prove it. I can only put them out there and pick the team.

"You haven't got to be a rocket scientist to pick the team.

"It's whether they can go out there and cope under pressure. We've got enough international players - we're full of internationals."

Redknapp did acknowledge he was bound to learn something himself from his Champions League group stage debut, having already admitted he got his tactics wrong in the play-off round first leg at Young Boys.

But he pointed out even Sir Alex Ferguson finds himself at the mercy of his players, citing Manchester United's capitulation from 3-1 up to draw 3-3 at Everton on Saturday.

"You never stop learning, do you?" Redknapp said. "I'm sure Fergie learns all the time.

"You're sitting 3-1 up at Everton with two minutes to go. It doesn't matter if you're Alex Ferguson or who you are, there's nothing you can do."

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