Redknapp makes Mido motivation
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Harry Redknapp has slammed Mido for his reported comments about Sol Campbell.
Harry Redknapp has slammed Tottenham Hotspur striker Mido for his disrespectful comments about Sol Campbell.
The Pompey boss was left outraged by the Egyptian international's reported comments claiming that Campbell is the 'easiest defender he has ever played against'.
Since arriving at Fratton Park on a free transfer from Arsenal in the summer, Campbell has helped to give Portsmouth the best defensive record in The Premiership this term, conceding just one goal in six games so far.
Redknapp has therefore leapt to the defence of his 32-year-old centre back ahead of the much anticipated clash between Spurs and the South Coast outfit, live on Sunday at 4pm on Sky Sports 1.
"What an arrogant thing to say," Redknapp told The Sun.
"It's an insult coming from somebody who has not achieved as much as Sol has in his career.
"It shows a total lack of respect and those comments will embarrass every footballer in the game as we don't talk like that about fellow pros.
"I'm sure his manager at Tottenham will also be embarrassed when he reads those remarks as it shows Mido has no real feeling for the game over here.
"One thing is for certain, I won't have to say too much to my lads in the dressing room at Tottenham.
"I'll just stick a newspaper cutting up on the wall and that will do for me."
While Spurs have made a slow start to the new campaign thus far, Redknapp's side have gotten off to a flyer with four wins and a draw from their opening six games.
Despite suffering their first defeat of the season to Bolton Wanderers on Monday, the Pompey boss believes his squad is much improved after narrowly escaping relegation last term.
"There is so much quality in it. My most difficult job is who to leave out," he admitted.
"You have players like Glen Johnson, Andy Cole, David James and Kanu that we have brought in this season - players you can ask to do something and can do it just like that."
Adding further spice to the occasion is the presence of four former Spurs players in Portsmouth's side heading to North London, but while Redknapp expects a tough reception for Campbell and Sean Davis, he is sure both players have the experience to deal with the pressure.
"Sol is experienced enough to know what is coming, He's had it a few times before and, of course, he will get some abuse," Redknapp explained.
"So will Sean, and it is his first time going back, but they will cope."