A 33rd minute pile driving free kick from Roman Pavlyuchenko secured the narrowest of 1-0 wins for Spurs against a determined Rubin Kazan side last night. The win puts Tottenham two points clear at the top of the group and has almost guaranteed their qualification for the next phase of the Europa League.

After the game, manager Harry Redknapp was quick to praise his Russian striker: “He is a great striker of the ball. He really can hit a ball.

“When he lined it up I had a feeling he was going to score because he is a very clean striker of the football. He’s got two great feet. Technically he’s a top, top player – there was never any doubt about that. It was good to see him score.”

Harry also praised Jake Livermore, playing as a makeshift centre half as well as mentioning Tom Carroll and he promised that the youngsters as a whole will get more of a chance when Spurs travel to Kazan for the return.

“I will be taking a very, very young team out to Russia now for sure for the second game,” he added.

“I find the competition difficult to be honest. There are so many games, so much travelling and the league is our priority.”

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4 COMMENTS

  1. What you are indirectly telling us that we are inviting ourselves to a loss! This is a negative gesture on your part & no inspiration to win any silverware ( the Europa cup is more of an outside chance than the FA cup). Be realistic & think before making such announcements

  2. this will be a very tough game which we will be lucky to take points from, hopefully there will be a few older players that need fitness/game time such as Pav,Gio,Sandro,Kranjcar,Hudd,Gallas,Corluka and then add a few talented younsters to the line up such as Falque, Cabellos, etc.
    Am sure Kane will get the nod also in this game but 11 kids will be destroyed in Russia against Ruben so could be better to send a few adults too.
    COYS

  3. I believe we are now through anyway, we will beat Shamrock and PAOK at Home……..Travelling to Russia again to play Rubin is unnecessary hassle.

    I wouldnt take Modric, Bale, Ade, Defoe, Sandro, Kaboul, Walker, Ekotto, Friedel, Parker, Lennon, King or any of the injured trio of Daws, Gallas and Hudd if they are back…..

    We need to focus on the league until the knockout stages and a loss in Russia wouldnt effect us qualifying as if they is any doubt against PAOK at home then we play the big boys.

    Start with
    Gomes
    Corluka Bass Livermore Rose
    Gio Pienaar Carroll Townsend
    Kane Pav

    And bring on Luongo, Fredericks and Falque if needed

  4. Taking young side does not mean he intends to lose. But if we lose, and still qualify – and we make sure that the first teamers get some rest then great. He needs to manage the workload, and I think it is fantastic that other players are getting a chance to show what they can do

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