Redknapp dismisses Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final scheduling complaints

The Spurs boss claims the timing of Sunday's fixture at Wembley is not a big issue pointing out the strength in depth of Roberto Di Matteo's squad
Harry Redknapp has played down Roberto Di Matteo's complaints at the scheduling of Tottenham and Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final tie insisting it should not make a "huge difference".

The two sides meet at Wembley on Sunday evening, with Chelsea then set to face Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Di Matteo had argued that other countries' federations are more helpful when arranging domestic fixtures for clubs participating in midweek matches in continental competition, with Barcelona set to play Levante on Saturday afternoon, leaving the Catalans with an extra day's rest.
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However, Redknapp has revealed he does not think Sunday's kick-off time will have much of an impact and pointed out that all clubs were at the mercy of television.

"I wouldn't think it would make a huge difference," Redknapp told The Sun.

"You're still going to get a night's rest. It's a strange time but the TV decide now, it's all about the money."

The 65-year-old also added that he felt Chelsea had the ability to rest key players before their meeting with Barcelona and still field a strong team at Wembley.

"They'll have a go, they have got a strong squad so they can rotate," Redknapp added.

"They will be strong whoever they play."