Harry Redknapp has admitted that it would do Tottenham no harm if their Barclays Premier League rivals were to bow out of the UEFA Champions League.
The Spurs boss did not want to wish bad luck on the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, or Manchester City - who are yet to qualify for the knockout phase of Europe's top tier competition - but is aware that his side could capitalise if the other teams drop into the Europa League.
Tottenham are set to be eliminated from that competition themselves, unless there is an unlikely set of results in the final round of Group A matches next week, and Redknapp has spoken of the difficulty in juggling domestic and continental demands when playing Europa League fixtures on a Thursday rather than earlier in the week.
"I don't like to say it, but it wouldn't do us any harm to see Chelsea and City in the Europa League," he told The Sun. "It's harder than playing in the Champions League because of that Thursday night-Sunday afternoon schedule you get.
"You know most of the teams in the Champions League and you're not travelling to the far-flung corners of Europe. In the Europa League you're schlepping all over the place."
Despite their travels, Tottenham have been in scintillating form in the Barclays Premier League this season, with some pundits suggesting they have an outside chance of winning the title.
Redknapp suggested that the strength and depth of his squad is one of the key reasons behind Spurs' rich vein of form - and that is why he is determined to keep the nucleus of players at White Hart Lane past the January transfer window.
"The lads want to play with the Euros coming up," he added. "But we've got to protect our own situation."
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