QPR boss Harry Redknapp wants his team to emulate Barcelona

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Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has told his team that they must copy Barcelona if they want to secure Premier League survival, according to Sky Sports.

The former Tottenham and West Ham manager has insisted to his squad that they must replicate the work ethic of the Catalan giants if they want to stay in the top fight.

QPR are currently joint bottom of the Premier League with Reading on 23 points after 30 games, but Redknapp has not given up hope yet.

The 66-year-old has previously escaped the drop when he famously did it with Portsmouth in the 2005/06 season, returning to the club he had once managed after a stint with bitter south coast rivals Southampton.

The next game for the Hoops is away to Fulham in a London derby where Redknapp will hope his side shows the same endeavour of the La Liga leaders to get all three points and close the seven point gap to safety.

"The best teams work the hardest," said the QPR boss. "People think the best teams just play football. It's a fallacy.

"The best team in the world is Barcelona and they are hardest-working team. They work harder than anyone else without the ball and they work harder than anyone else with it.

"We've got to work hard too. It's not a case of picking scrappers. Whoever I pick, whether they think they're skilful players or not, they've all got to work.

"We can get out of it. We're playing well. If we were in bad form I'd be more worried.

"That gives us a chance. With eight games to go, that's positive for us. There are four or five wins for us in the games left.

"We've got to go to Fulham and win the game. It's a local derby, we'll take a huge following with us. We want a positive result."

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