Redknapp bemoans 'huge' Spurs task
Harry Redknapp has admitted that his Tottenham side lack strength in numbers and fight after they scraped into the Carling Cup final.
The Spurs boss was a relieved man after extra-time goals from Roman Pavyluchenko and Jermain Defoe ensured the holders a place in the Wembley final against Manchester United on March 1 after Championship side Burnley overturned a 4-1 first leg deficit to win the second leg 3-0 in 90 minutes at Turf Moor.
However far from being delighted with the 6-4 aggregate success, Redknapp was fuming with some of his players, while he lost several key players to injury problems ahead of Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round trip to Manchester United and Tuesday's Premier League clash against fellow strugglers Stoke.
Defenders Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson also picked up knocks, while Jamie O'Hara suffered a groin strain against the Clarets. And Redknapp admitted that he will have to play the weakest side he can find at Old Trafford.
He said: "It's a hard job I have on here, believe you me.
"I keep saying that we need stronger players in here because we're not mentally or physically strong enough.
"We're in a relegation battle and I can't risk O'Hara, Woodgate and Dawson at Old Trafford in the Cup.
"It's a challenge and it can't get any worse. When I took we had two points from eight games but Stoke is a massive game for us."