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Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has slammed the "crazy" fixture list that will play havoc with his preparations for Sunday's Carling Cup final.

Relegation-threatened Spurs earned a crucial 2-1 win at Hull City on Monday night and the Londoners also have the second leg of their UEFA Cup tie against Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday before their Wembley date with Manchester United.

Redknapp said: "Whoever heard of playing a game Thursday night before playing a cup final at the weekend?

"People have been in cup finals over the years - you don't go and play Thursday night. You go away for two or three days to a hotel somewhere and rest and get ready for the cup.

"The whole fixture list is crazy. It's a crazy week. Monday, Thursday, Sunday before a showpiece game against Manchester United at Wembley!"

Redknapp intends to make "about 11" changes to the side that beat Hull for Thursday's UEFA Cup game and makes no apologies.

"Staying in the Premier League is more important than anything else," Redknapp said after the win at the KC Stadium. "Tonight was a massive step towards doing that."

Yet Redknapp showed he had not lost his sense of humour as he joked about how the club would not have time to buy cup final suits for the squad.

"We can't afford them at 'Tottingham'," he said, in reference to the singing of Ossie Ardiles their 1981 FA Cup final song. "We've got suits we had measured up last year. I don't know if (Juande) Ramos' suit is going to fit me!"

One slight concern was a head wound suffered by Woodgate which required stitches but Redknapp was not unduly concerned.

"He's a tough nut, I don't see him not playing at Wembley," he said.


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