LITESPORT 42 Thursday, 29 October 2009 London Lite YOUNG GUNSSpaniard dazzlesin cupvictory andwants anewdeal BY JAMES GOLDMAN TIM SHERWOOD has hailed Harry Redknapp for turning Tottenham from relegation candidates into Champions League hopefuls after just a year in charge. Despite the absence of key players, Redknapps side will be full of confidence ahead of Saturdays derby at Arsenal after climbing to fourth in the Premier League after 10 matches. When these sides drew 4-4 at Emirates Stadium this time last year, Spurs had only five points from nine matches, and their former midfielder Sherwood believes the change in fortunes proves Redknapps class. Everyone was very low when we arrived, said Sherwood, who was brought to White Hart Lane as a coach by Redknapp shortly after the 62-year-old arrived from Portsmouth. The confidence was really down, but we managed to hit the ground running and get a few results. Harry has proved again here that he is one of the best managers around, and one of his greatest assets is his honesty. That honesty with his players means they know exactly where they stand. He tells them what is expected of them.Happy with Harry: coach Tim Sherwood Inbrief Hughes pleased with Santa gift BIG-SPENDING Mark Hughes reckons he has a full complement of riches as Manchester City march into the Carling Cup quarter-finals. Summer signing Roque Santa Cruz bagged his first goal since his 17m move from Blackburn in last nights 5-1 romp against Scunthorpe, much to the delight of Hughes. He said: We have a full complement of riches now. We gave Roque his first game, and he was excellent. Barca prove to be Real deal BARCELONA coach Pep Guardiola was a happy man after seeing his side claim a very good result in their Copa del Rey clash with Segunda Division B side Cultural Leonesa. Holders Barca won 2-0 thanks to a brace from Pedro to help the Catalan giants avoid the embarrassment suffered by arch rivals Real Madrid who were humiliated 4-0 by another third tier side, Alcorcon on Tuesday. Hearts bypass woeful Celtic TONY MOWBRAY insists he has no concerns with his sides home form despite Celtics 1-0 CIS Cup quarter-final defeat by Hearts, leaving him with only two wins in nine attempts at Parkhead. Sometimes you have to understand that when its not rolling your way, its not rolling your way and I believe that the players will do that. When the chances come we have to be more clinical. Old Lady are on Inters tail JUVENTUS ran out 5-1 winners against Sampdoria to take second place from their opponents in the Serie A standings. Two goals from Amauri and further strikes from Giorgio Chiellini, Mauro Camoranesi and David Trezeguet ensured a one-sided scoreline at the Stadio Grande Torino. Juventus now trail Jose Mourinhos title-holders by a single point, albeit having played a game more. Pellegrini will be given time REAL MADRID president Florentino Perez has appealed for calm in the wake of Tuesday nights humiliating 4-0 Copa del Rey defeat to Segunda Division B side Alcorcon, insisting that new coach Manuel Pellegrini and his side need time to gel. Perez said: The defeat in Alcorcon was humiliating. But the history of Real Madrid is more than one game, which shouldnt be exaggerated or create unrest. FRAN MERIDA claims he is finally ready to emerge from the shadow of Cesc Fabregas and stake a claim for a regular first team spot at Arsenal. On a night of unrelenting entertain- ment, the performance of the Spanish schemer gave 55,000 Gooners inside Emirates Stadium the belief that there will be life after Cesc. The Arsenal skipper has been relent- lessly linked with a return to Barcelona at the end of the season. But last nights victory over Liverpool showcasedthetalentsof AaronRamsey, the returning Samir Nasri, and Merida, all of whom look capable of filling Fab- regas shoes, if he were to depart. Merida, 19, whose contract expires at the end of the season, opened the scor- ing last night with a cracker and insists that will be the first of many for Arsenal. He said: At the moment I am talking to the club so I dont know what is going tohappen.Hopefullyeverythingisgoing tobealrightbutwearegoingtositdown and talk about it. I am really happy here and things are going OK. I am really happy in London too so we will see what happens. Comparisons between Fabregas and Merida are unavoidable -- both were tutored at Barcas academy, and both starred for Spains youth sides before they were poached by Arsenal. Arsene Wenger said: He comes from a Spanish school that is in line with the one we have here. He came at a young age but he suits our style of football. Wenger is on the record as saying he intends to build his next great Arsenal side around a core of Englishmen, and on last nights evidence you can expect Kieran Gibbs and Craig Eastmond to be partof thatunit,alongsideTheoWalcott and Jack Wilshere. Eastmond, 18, made his Arsenal debut in an unfamiliar holding role and was nothing short of magnificent, while Gibbs, in front of England manager Fabio Capello, had Dirk Kuyt firmly wedged in his back pocket. Wengersaid:WehadCraigEastmond make his debut tonight in a holding role and everybody did well in every posi- tion. Fran is 19, Ramsey 18, Eastmond 18. They are all very young so to play a game of that level tonight they deserve a lot of credit. IthinkGibbs wasverygood,bothfull backs were very good. Kerrea Gilbert started a bit nervously but in the second half he became stronger. Gibbs had a game tonight. He will get games. He has played already. If Fabio Capello asks me my opinion he will get a very positive one. 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