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HARRY EXPECTS TOUGH DERBY TEST

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10:35 1st January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Redknapp fully aware of Chelsea threat

HARRY REDKNAPP is fully aware of the threat posed by Chelsea - but has challenged his QPR players to spring a surprise at Stamford Bridge.

The R’s take on Rafael Benitez’s men on the back of three straight defeats, whilst Chelsea have won their last four in the Premier League.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s trip across West London, Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk: “Chelsea will be really tough.

“Rafa Benitez is a top, top manager and he’s gone in there – with an unbelievable squad – and got some very good results.

“They're in great form and it's a massive ask for us. 

“We've got to believe we can beat them though. It's a London derby. Who knows? Maybe we can produce a shock result. We'll give it a real go.”

Redknapp could be forced to ring the changes for the trip to the Bridge, however, adding: “We’ve got three or four injuries from Saturday.

“I’m not going to show my hand but there’s a couple who won’t be fit, so we’ll have to see how we go.

“Park trained for the first time with the squad yesterday, but he’s not fit.”

Rangers currently sit rock bottom of the Barclays Premier League, but Redknapp is still confident his charges can beat the drop.

“We've got to keep calm,” he insisted.

“The players need to keep believing. I'm positive and so are they. We've got to keep working hard.

“There's no resignation in the camp. 99 per-cent of the players are up for it and have given me their all.

“I'm still positive. I think we can do it. We need to win a few games back-to-back. That six-point swing can make a massive difference.”

Meanwhile, with the January transfer window now open for business, Redknapp admitted he’s working on a list, but insists nothing is on the immediate horizon.

“I've got a list of names, obviously, but getting them isn't easy and it's all about getting value for money at this stage,” he said.

“Attitude and ability are important for us. We need players who will come in and make an impact.”

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