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Spurs boss impressed by Champions League opponents...

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is not taking lightly the challenge that Young Boys will pose on his side's ambitions to make it into the Champions League.

The North London side have been drawn to face the Swiss outfit in the two-legged Champions League play-off, with Spurs travelling to Berne first before playing host a week later.

It is Tottenham's first participation in the Champions League and they must beat a Young Boys side that caused a bit of a shock by beating Turkish side Fenerbache in the last round to make it into the group stage.

They drew 2-2 in Switzerland, before recording a 1-0 win in Istanbul and Redknapp said that was a 'fantastic result' for them and shows how dangerous they can be.

"We'll be favourites, obviously, but we have to give them the utmost respect," he said after hearing the draw.

"They beat Fenerbache in the last round and we watched the first leg on dvd and they could have won four or five, they hammered them at home.

"There are no easy games at this level. They also have an astroturf pitch at their stadium and they play well on it, so it will be a tough game for us. We've got to try and get into the group stages, that would be fantastic for the club."

The first leg at the Stade de Suiss takes place only three days after Spurs open their Premier League account against big-spending Manchester City.

Redknapp added that clash was the 'first priority' and he needs to ensure that he properly prepares his players for battling both domestically as well as in Europe.

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