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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknap, writing in his column for the London Evening Standard, has pointed out the striker who could replace Diego Costa at Chelsea, should the Spaniard leave Stamford Bridge to join Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjin.

Speaking about Everton star and former Blues’ striker Romelu Lukaku, Redknapp said: “He has that same physical presence as Costa and would be the most obvious fit if Conte is going to stick with playing one up front next season. But if Lukaku does sign, it will be another case of a player leaving for next to nothing only to be re-signed a few years later for a silly amount”.

“Alvaro Morata is the other striker Chelsea have been linked with and he’s a top player but his injury record would make you wonder if he can cope with the demands of English football, playing every three days”.

Then he added: “Lukaku knows the League well which is another reason they like him but Morata has a track record of scoring goals at the highest level. We don’t know whether Lukaku can. He has all the attributes to do it and I can see him being successful but replacing Costa with him is still a step into the unknown”.

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New Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp reveals which is the secret to beat Chelsea.

The ex Tottenham manager wanted to advice his old side on how to stop the Blues in the upcoming FA Cup semifinal:

“The key is keeping Eden Hazard under wraps like United did,” Redknapp wrote in the Evening Standard.

Spurs have the option of man-marking him like [Manchester United’s] Ander Herrera did or they could match up with three at the back as earlier in the season , I’d look to do that if I was in charge.”

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Former Spurs and West Ham boss Harry Redknapp didn’t like the attitude of Chelsea fans toward their former manager Jose’ Mourinho.

The Blues supporters insulted and called “Judas” the Portuguese coach during the FA Cup game against Manchester United last Monday and Mourinho showed them three fingers, a way to remind them he won three leagues with the Stamford Bridge outfit.

When asked about this in the post-match press conference, Jose’ said:

“I am Manchester United manager and I have to defend my club, but I would like to remind Chelsea fans that until a coach will win 4 Premier League titles with them, Judas will be their number 1.”

Harry Redknapp explained that Chelsea fans behaviour was not fair:

“I didn’t like to see Chelsea fans giving their former manager so much stick either,” the English coach told Evening Standard.

“But this is the world we live in now, that’s how the game is.

“You go back somewhere and people give you grief.

“How can they give him stick after the job he did there?

“I didn’t blame him for reminding them how many titles he won in two spells by flicking three fingers.”

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Victor Moses challenging Spurs star Harry Kane in November 2016 game at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp thinks Tottenham are on the same level as Chelsea as a team and that if Pochettino would have had his full squad available yesterday ( Rose, Lamela and Alderweireld were missing) the result could be different:

“I think when they have got a fully fit team, I would not want to be swapping anyone in Chelsea’s best team for Tottenham’s.

“Maybe Chelsea are top of the league, but you do not stop the league today. The back four, you get Alderweireld back, you get Rose back, you get a fully fit squad, and I think Tottenham are excellent.”

Redknapp is convincend Spurs won’t give up in the title race:

“In the first half I thought they completely outplayed Chelsea today, Chelsea got the goal at the right time and it brought them back into the game, second half they were much better, but I still think Tottenham will be bang in there at the end of the season.

“In terms of squad, you would take Chelsea, but the actual starting eleven, I would not swap any of that Tottenham team personally.”

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Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes Diego Costa will be a handful for the Gunners on Saturday when the two London giants clash at the Emirates.

Redknapp wrote for theLondon EveningStandard: “Didier Drogba isn’t around to terrorize Arsenal anymore but they have to prove Diego Costa has not become their new bogeyman.

“Costa came on forChelseain their EFL Cup tie at Leicester and his movement was unbelievable. He was virtually unplayable — some of the runs he made were superb and Leicester couldn’t cope with it.

“When he is focused, he has got that great ability of bending his runs brilliantly and timing his changes of direction to create space.”These days, he is looking like the kind of world beater he can be and Arsenal have it all on to keep him quiet if he turns up at Emirates Stadium on Saturday in that kindof mood.”

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The 69-year-old former Tottenham and West Ham boss Harry Redknapp, currently under contract with Jordan national team, wrote in his column for The Telegraph“When Chelsea named their team to play Manchester City on Saturday I looked at it and thought “that’s a really poor side”. They had a couple of young players in there, a couple who have been out of form recently and a couple more who have been poor all season.”

“That said, I didn’t expect them to get torn apart by Manchester City in the way they were, but I can’t say I was wholly surprised when it happened – and it just summed up what has been an absolute disaster of a season for them. Before the season they were my favourites for the title, along with Manchester City. Well, that didn’t turn out as we expected.”

“Look at Eden Hazard, for example. If you didn’t know who he was and were told he was the reigning Footballer of the Year you wouldn’t take it seriously.” he said about Eden Hazard‘s recent poor performances.

About incoming manager Antonio Conte: “Guus Hiddink is obviously a fantastic manager, but his style is to be nice to the players in order to get results. It’s hardly a secret, but I gather Antonio Conte, who will take over this summer, is the polar opposite of that. People who know him well tell me he’s a real disciplinarian, and he works his players very, very hard. If you don’t start a game then after the match he’ll have you out on the pitch doing lap after lap. He’ll get them fit and he’ll get them going again.”

“Make no mistake, Chelsea’s dressing room needs sorting out – and it really sounds like Conte is the right man to do it. He needs to bring in some players to help him, and I’d expect him to make at least three signings this summer – probably from Italy, where he has worked all his career.”

About John Terry: “It’s a tough job though – and if I were Conte one of the first things I’d do is sign John Terry up on a new deal. For me he’s been one of Chelsea’s best defenders this season, when fit, and you need characters like him when things are changing. Conte will know this, of course.”

About Europe: “It looks almost certain they won’t qualify for Europe next season, which could end up helping them as they go for the Premier League title – and make no mistake, they will still be expected to challenge for the title even after the last eight months. Anything less simply will not be good enough.”

“Chelsea, though, should be right up there. If they are then Conte will have ensured the memories from this awful season have been forgotten about as quickly as possible.” he ended.

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Harry Redknapp has got his opinion about Eden Hazard‘s bad season.

The ex Spurs and West Ham manager is convinced is in his head:

“Chelsea will have a battle on their hands because people must already be talking to Hazard. It happens.

“Someone’s got inside the boy’s head. It is the only explanation for such a complete drop in performances.

“I had a meeting, as Spurs boss, with Hazard in a Paris hotel when he was at Lille. Players I’ve had have been approached, too — you’re not happy, but you accept it is part of the game.

“Most big deals happen that way, let’s not kid ourselves.

“One club doesn’t ring another club any more.

“Every club could be hauled up before FIFA or the FA, because everyone breaks the rules.

“Will Hazard stay at Chelsea? A lot will depend on who comes in as manager at the end of the season.”

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has said that Jose Mourinho would already be at the Manchester United helm if the club wanted him, despite the club’s poor form recently.

Louis van Gaal’s side suffered yet another home defeat on Saturday; a 0-1 loss to Southampton, in which United mustered just one attempt on goal.

Boos could be heard after just 23 minutes at Old Trafford, with several sections of the United support calling for the Dutchman’s exit.

Reports have claimed this week that Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in December, wrote a six-page letter to the United board outlining his suitability for the role, although the Portuguese has moved to rubbish these claims.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Redknapp has said that if change was to happen at Old Trafford, it would have already occured, and that United should play the waiting game:

“If the United board had wanted to appoint Mourinho they would have done it already,” Redknapp said.

“I think they will wait until the summer and go for somebody like Pep Guardiola or Diego Simeone, if they miss out on the top four.

“United will have no problems attracting managers of that calibre because of their reputation but those guys are simply not available at the moment so I fully expect Van Gaal to battle on.

“With every bad result, and there have been quite a few this season, the pressure cranks up a notch and we see all the headlines about Van Gaal facing the sack or resigning from his post.

But I cannot see anything happeningbecause, quite simply, if United wanted to get rid of him they would have done it by now.

“Van Gaal will still think he can achieve things this season, despite all the struggles, and sacking the manager now would be effectively writing the season off.”

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Legendary Chelsea player Frank Lampard, married his longtime partner Christine Bleakley in Knightsbridge. Former Chelsea player’s wedding was attended by numerous football stars such as John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Petr Cech, Harry and Jamie Redknapp. It is believed that recently sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho also attend the ceremony.



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Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has heavily slammed Diego Costa’s attitude and commitment at Chelsea. In his opinion the Spaniard does not show the will to improve or fix his form.

In his column for the London Evening Standard, Redknapp wrote about the Spaniard:

”Jose was happy with Chelsea’s performance at White Hart Lane — okay, they didn’t win — and if they are that solid without him then why should they bring Costa back in?”

”He has got to earn the right to play. He should be busting a gut in training this week, proving to the manager he wants to be part of things again. If he doesn’t show the right attitude, leave him out against Bournemouth. He’ll get the message eventually.”

”You are always going to have a problem with Costa. He has got the hump because he’s not used to being left out. He played every week last season, was a regular at Atletico Madrid and is a Spain international — he wants to be leading the attack for them at the Euros. He won’t accept not playing for Chelsea but, at the end of the day, if he doesn’t want to be on the bench he needs to do what he’s paid a fortune for and start scoring goals. Don’t sit there sulking about it. Go and perform.”

”If you asked Costa to play in the reserves, there isn’t a chance he’d do it. The foreign players rarely like a reserve game, even when they are coming back from injury.”

”I watched him warm up. Well, he didn’t warm up. He had the needle. You can tell the relationship between him and Jose isn’t good. They had a bust-up last week, he’s leaving the dressing room straight after matches and throwing his bib at the manager — it is obvious.”




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