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    Spurs look to avoid a Champions League hangover


    by ODN


    Harry Redknapp hopes his team can recover from their midweek action as they prepare to face Aston Villa in the Premier League.

    Spurs have struggled this season to balance their domestic and European commitments, winning just two of their six league games.

    "It's a big game tomorrow with Villa, a tough game against a very good team," said Redknapp of Saturday's opponents, who are under new management after Gerard Houllier's arrival.

    "Martin O'Neill built a very, very good side there, did a great job.

    "Now Gerard Houllier's come in with Gary McAllister and I'm sure they'll carry on that great work."

    Redknapp welcomed former Liverpool boss Houllier's return to English football.

    "He's a great football man so it's good to have him back in the game," he said of the Frenchman.

    "It was a big shock Martin left, for sure.

    "But they've got a very, very good group of players there, who last year were always pushing for a top-four finish.

    "They've been a top-six team for the last couple years and they'll be right there again this year, I'm sure."

    Redknapp must decide how many changes to make for Saturday's game and is considering a recall for misfiring winger Aaron Lennon, who he axed in midweek.

    "I may have to change one or two so we'll have a look at it because we have had a tough week," he said.

    "Aaron picked up an injury in training but nothing too bad, so hopefully he will be available."