Redknapp and Pardew backing Bayern Munich for Champions League final victory over Chelsea

Should Roberto Di Matteo's side pull off yet another upset in the final, there will be only three Champions League qualification places up for grabs in the league
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp and Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew have both admitted that they will be backing Bayern Munich in the Champions League final this season, despite it being against English club Chelsea.

If Roberto Di Matteo manages to stage yet another upset by emerging triumphant in the final on May 19, then only the top-three placed teams in the Premier League will qualify for the tournament next season alongside the holders.

For Redknapp, it's simply a case of putting club before family, with his nephew Frank Lampard likely to skipper the west London outfit on the night with John Terry out suspended.

"I'd be a liar if I said I want Chelsea to win the Champions League," Redknapp told reporters.

"I want Bayern to win it, and I hope they do, for all Spurs fans."

Alan Pardew's Newcastle side have performed well above expectations all season and go into the final four games of the season sitting above both Tottenham and Chelsea in the table and the club's boss believes it would be a bitter pill to swallow should it come to fruition.

"We don’t want Chelsea to win because we want that spot, along with Tottenham and Arsenal," Pardew told assembled journalists.

"It would be very harsh if we finished fourth and then missed out on the Champions League. It would be a kick in the teeth."