'Crazy' schedule means youngsters will get their chance

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Harry Redknapp has vowed to give youth a chance as Tottenham prepare to juggle a busy fixture list that will combine Barclays Premier League games with additional UEFA Europa League commitments.

Spurs go in to the 2011-12 campaign with ambitions of breaking back into the top-four, but Redknapp knows that in order to do so he will have to utilise his squad as fully as possible to avoid any potential burnout.

Redknapp believes the demands of Thursday night football - as is common in Europe's second-tier competition, followed by a domestic game on Sunday could be a recipe for disaster.

"It's a nightmare, that Thursday night one and then Sunday," he said. "It's different in the Champions League when you play Tuesday or Wednesday, it's just got a different feel to it.


"Thursday and Sunday every week. You've got no chance in the Premier with that, it kills you off. You have to go to crazy places in this cup but we'll give it our best shot and just give it a go."

Redknapp is adamant that Spurs' domestic season comes first and foremost, saying he is not prepared to jeopardise the club's league form for the benefit of their European exploits.

Instead, he will use the competition as an opportunity to blood Spurs' up and coming youngsters, providing them with experience that should prove invaluable in the development of their careers.

"They will definitely play in those Europa League games," he confirmed. "The young lads will get plenty of games, because otherwise I think it's a killer, to be frank."

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