Spurs concluded their tour of South Africa on Saturday with a 3-0 defeat of Pirates in the Final at Coca-Cola Park, and Redknapp says the tour went better than he could have imagined.
“It’s been a good week with some tough games,” he says. “I wasn’t here for the first match, but these last two games … the opposition play fantastic football; they try to play the ball. We had to work hard.
“Overall I’ve been very impressed, especially with the standard and the technique of the opposition players. I really couldn’t have been more impressed … it’s better than I could have ever imagined.”
However, Redknapp made no secret of the fact that he no fan of these long-distance tours.
“It’s different now … it’s a world game. These days we have to travel the world; Chelsea are in Malaysia, Man United are in America. Years ago we would have stayed in England and played some lower division sides, or maybe gone up to Scotland.
“Look, we’ve really enjoyed being here but, if I’m honest, I would not want to travel all this way for pre-season.”