Pulis rejects Redknapp call

Image: Pulis: Wants fixture against Manchester City to stay the same

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has called on the Premier League not to change their rearranged fixture with Manchester City.

Potters chief wants fixture to go ahead as planned

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has called on the Premier League not to change their rearranged fixture with Manchester City. The two clubs were due to meet at Eastlands on FA Cup final weekend but their participation in the showpiece has forced a rethink and the game is now set for Tuesday, 17th May - in the final week of the domestic season. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has raised his concerns about the date of the game as he is concerned Stoke could benefit from not winning the match to gain a Europa League berth if they lose the FA Cup final. However, Pulis has rejected Redknapp's concerns and insists Stoke will do their best whenever the game is played. "I can see where he (Redknapp) is coming from but whichever team we send out will do their best," insisted Pulis.

Happy

"The fixture is there, we are happy with it, Manchester City are happy with it and it has nothing to do with anyone else." If Stoke were to lose the FA Cup final, they could still qualify for next season's Europa League if City were to finish in the top four in the Premier League. That would see City make the Champions League and mean they would not need the FA Cup's Europa League place, which would instead go to the Potters. City are currently fourth, two points ahead of fifth-placed Spurs. Pulis, though, believes the highly-competitive nature of the Premier League means it is impossible to predict the outcome of a specific game. "Spurs have played Wigan twice this year, and Wigan have taken four points off them," added Pulis. "Harry has picked a team on two occasions to win both games. You can never pick a game and say it won't be difficult. We will go out and do our best. "If they shifted the fixture I would be more annoyed than Harry. "Whichever team I pick I expect to win."

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