Tottenham coach Jordan warns Hearts: Redknapp must select strong line-up

Tottenham coach Joe Jordan expects manager Harry Redknapp to field a strong line-up against Europa League opponents Hearts.

Tottenham coach Joe Jordan expects manager Harry Redknapp to field a strong line-up against Europa League opponents Hearts.

The Europa League showdown will be Spurs' first competitive game of the season after last Saturday's clash with Everton was called off because of the London riots.

And with Manchester United away up next Monday, Spurs coach Jordan insists manager Redknapp HAS to give his top stars a game at Tynecastle.

That means Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart, Luka Modric and Aaron Lennon will all be included against Paulo Sergio's side.

Jordan told the Scottish Sun: "I don't think leaving certain players out will enter the gaffer's head.

"He knows the difficulty of the Hearts game and the danger of the opposition.

"There's a certain balancing act you have because we haven't played a competitive game yet. We have the Hearts game then we have three games in six days starting next Monday at Man United.

"Our preparation will be right, but we have one or two injuries and have to get our house in order.

"When we get to Tynecastle, it will be a sell-out, very compact, but Harry knows the Scottish crowd and what it means.

"These sort of fixtures don't come as often as they used to. I remember in the 1960s when I was in Scotland and Leeds ended up with Rangers and Celtic and Dundee in different competitions.

"In 1970 I went to the Celtic v Leeds game at Hampden, there was 130,000 fans there that night all supporting Celtic.

"In recent seasons it hasn't happened much and these are always good fixtures."

 
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