Harry has European priority
Harry Redknapp insists qualifying for the Champions League remains Tottenham's priority following the stunning 5-0 victory over Newcastle.
Last Updated: 11/02/12 9:18pm
Harry Redknapp insists qualifying for the UEFA Champions League remains Tottenham Hotspur's priority following the stunning 5-0 victory over Newcastle United.
Spurs' emphatic success ensured Redknapp's side remain five points behind Manchester United, who returned to the Premier League summit by beating Liverpool earlier on Saturday.
The result also ensured Spurs are 10 points ahead of London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to qualify for Europe's elite club competition next season.
Redknapp is keen to try to close the gap to United and Manchester City, but is determined to ensure Spurs hang on to third spot at the very least.
"I just keep looking at the gap between us and Arsenal," said Redknapp. "I'd be lying if I said otherwise.
"I look at the top as well, but we really want Champions League football - that's the key.
"Arsenal closed the gap before the game to seven points, we've put it back to 10 again and we've got another three on Chelsea today, which is important for us, and three on Liverpool.
"I felt that's important that we keep that gap. If we can close on the front two, that would be fantastic, but I really want to make sure we get a Champions League place."
Spurs were 3-0 up inside the opening 20 minutes as Emmanuel Adebayor and Louis Saha ran riot, and Redknapp was delighted with his team's start to the game.
He added: "We thought it would be a tough game tonight, but we started well and started so brightly.
"Adebayor and Saha were unplayable in that early period and it set us up. We got the early goals and there was no danger after that.
"You don't expect it, you hope for it, but the chances came and we stuck them away. There was some great finishing."