Redknapp wants more of the same

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Portsmouth may be about to take on a new challenge with the first European fixture in the club's history but manager Harry Redknapp has no intentions of changing the tactics which got them there in the first place.

Fratton Park hosts Guimaraes in the UEFA Cup on Thursday with Redknapp vowing to give the Portuguese a taste of his brand of English football.

"We are at home with, hopefully, a full house and it's important we show all our pace and passion and get the crowd behind us," he said.

"It is all about imposing our game on theirs and our aim will be to get into them right from the start.

"It's a tough task because they are a very good team, full of Brazilian and French players and all with terrific technical ability, but we are on form with two good wins behind us and we want a long run in this competition.

"When we won the FA Cup that was all I was thinking about - not so much the fact that it meant getting into the UEFA Cup.

"But now that we are in it we want to do well and we know how much it means to the supporters."

Captain Sol Campbell, who turned 34 on Wednesday, returns to European combat for the first time since heading 10-man Arsenal's goal in the 2006 Champions League final defeat by Barcelona.

"The ambition is still there as far as I'm concerned," he said.

"We are going into a period now where we'll play six games in three weeks and if we make progress in the UEFA Cup that will become a regular demand but it is what we wanted to achieve and now that the chance is here you've got to grab it."

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