LITESPORT CHELSEA ARE NORedknapp winds up Blues: Theyre not in thesamebracket SPURS boss Harry Redknapp turned uptheheatbeforeSundaysStamford Bridge derby clash by insisting Chel- sea are not in the same bracket as Manchester United. Fresh from last weeks 3-1 defeat to the champions at White Hart Lane, Redknapp knows his comments are bound to wind up Carlo Ancelotti and his side, who have had a perfect five- out-of-fivestarttothePremierLeague this season. I am not being disrespectful to Chelsea, but they are a long way from being in the same bracket as Man- chester United, because of what United are, said Redknapp (below). In a week that saw Peter Kenyon quit as Chelsea chief executive, five years after he vowed to turn the world blue by 2010, and four years after he pledged to make the Blues the worlds No1 club by 2014, Red- knapps words will carry extra resonance. Despite Chelseas improvement at home and in Europe since Roman Abramovich took control in 2003, they have struggled to gain the kudos of the giants of the world game such as United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus. Even though the Blues have won six domestic trophies in four years, and reached the semi- finalsof theChampions League in five of the last six seasons, Tot- tenham boss Redknapp believes they will strug- gle to fulfil Kenyons ambitions. United have always been a massive football club, they have a fantastic tradition andhistory,andtheyget76,000people watching them every week, he said. Chelsea might finish above them in the table, but to get the recognition around the world that United have is very difficult. It would help them if they could manage to win the Cham- pionsLeague,butyouhavetoremem- ber that United are a special club. If winning club footballs biggest prizeremainsatallorderforChelsea, Redknapp accepts that, domestically, endingthedominanceof thePremier Leagues big four is a challenge akin tobreakingintoFortKnoxfortherest of the league. Writing in The Sun, he said: Even though I am in my 60s, like Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, this season is the best chance inyearsof anewnameousting one of the old guard to finish in the top four. Spursaregettingthere.A newstadiumandtrain- ing ground in the pipeline tell you that, as well as perform- a nc e s. I t s no pipedream. Spurs will be w i t hout the injured Luka Modric (leg), Jonathan Woodgate(groin) and Michael Daw- son (Achilles) while Chelsea may be able to give mid- fielder Joe Cole his first action of the season after a long spell on the sidelines withakneeligament injury. BY GEOFF TEATHER CHELSEA v TOTTENHAM LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Chelsea 1-2, Spurs 6-1, draw 3-1. FIRST GOALSCORER Drogba 7-2, Anelka 5-1, Lampard 6-1, Kalou 7-1, Sturridge 7-1, J Cole 8-1, Defoe 8-1, Crouch 10-1, Keane 10-1, Pavlyuchenko 11-1. LAST MEETING 21 MARCH 2009 SPURS 1 CHELSEA 0 (PL) GUUS HIDDINK did next to nothing wrong during his time at Chelsea, to the extent that losing at Spurs was aa close to committing a cardinal sin as he got. In a typically fractious meeting between these London rivals, Chelseas title hopes went up in smoke as a result of Luka Modrics belated first goal in the Premier League. Despite a late onslaught, which saw Alex hit the bar, Spurs clung on for the win. MATCH FACTS Spurs have won both of their PL away matches this season. They have not won their opening three PL away matches of the season for 18 years. Spurs had the best record in London PL derby matches in 2008-09, picking up 13 points from eight matches. Chelsea won 12 points from their eight derby matches. If Chelsea win tomorrow they will be only the third team in PL history to win their first six matches of the season after Newcastle United in 1994-95 and the Jose Mourinho side of 2005-06. Didier Drogba, who has found the net four times this season, is two short of scoring 100 goals for Chelsea in all competitions. He will become the ninth player in the history of the club to reach this milestone. Go Green: Reinas a Rob Green fan Star signing: Reinas impressed by ex-Hammer Johnson PEPE REINA has revealed his admiration for West Ham counterpart Rob Green but warned not even the England man will be able to stop Liverpool at Upton Park tomorrow. Liverpool, who made such a shaky start to the season after losing on the opening day to Spurs, arrive in east London on the back of three victories in a row. And Spanish goalkeeper Reina expects nothing less than three points. He said: After the way we started the season we know we have to win. Thats all we think about. Upton Park is a tough place to go, one of the toughest in the Premier League because they are noisy games. But we need three points. There is the Manchester derby this weekend and Chelsea play Spurs, so we need to reduce the gap. Reina may be confident but he still expects a tougher game than last year when Liverpool won 3-0 at the Boleyn, not least because of the improved form of goalkeeper Green. I rate him very highly and the proof is that hes playing for England right now, said the Spaniard. I think hes in a great moment and he will be tough to get past. But we have a lot of goalscorers in our team and we must beat him. Liverpools newest goalscorer is former West Ham full-back Glen Johnson who has made an impressive start to life at Anfield following a 18m move from Portsmouth. Reina added: Hes giving us some more attacking options and is really important for us. Hes scored two goals already and he gives us solutions in attack but people also forget hes a good defender. WEST HAM V LIVERPOOL TOMORROW, 5.30PM (ESPN) BY JAMES GOLDMAN Red-2014,byclubNo1worldsthe knapps words will carry extra ChelseasDespite improvement at home sinceEuropeinand AbramovichRoman took control in 2003, they have struggled kudosthegainto ofgiantstheof the world game BluesthethoughEven domesticsixwonhave years,fourintrophies semi-thereachedand Championstheofnalsfi theoffiveinLeague Tot-seasons,sixlast Redknappbosstenham strug-willtheybelieves Kenyonsfulfiltogle United have always been a massive football though I am in my 60s, like Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, this season is the best chance oustingnamenewaofyearsin nishthe old guard to fione of in the top four. Athere.gettingareSpurs train-andstadiumnew theingrounding that,youtellpipeline as well as perform- noI t sa nc e s. pipedream. (groin)Woodgate Daw-Michaeland (Achilles)son while Chelsea may mid-givetoablebe hisColeJoeelderfi theofactionfirst longaafterseason spell on the sidelines ligamentkneeawith injury. 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