HARRY Redknapp blames Lionel Messi for a string of bad luck that goes back nearly a year.
The QPR manager (pic) admits he’s not had the rub of the green since the best player in the world smashed a spot kick against the Chelsea crossbar in the second leg of the Champions League semi final that eased 10-man Blues though against the odds.
When Bayern Munich also saw Arjen Robben miss a penalty in extra time of the final that allowed Chelsea victory in the penalty shoot-out – Redknapp reckoned it was the last straw.
How little he knew.
The Chelsea win denied Spurs' boss Redknapp a Champions League slot for this season. He then departed White Hart Lane in June only to reappear as the Hoops man in charge last November.
But he’s facing relegation after the ‘worst’ result of his career when 10-man Rangers nearly beat fellow strugglers Wigan on Sunday, only to be pegged back by an avoidable goal in injury time.
He saw Chris Samba suffer one of the worst games of the defender’s career in the 3-2 defeat at Fulham before that, and lost striker Bobby Zamora for three games in a moment of madness that got him sent off against Wigan.
It’s not the black cat Redknapp ran over – it’s the Argentine ace that fired over that put him on the slippery slope, he reckons.
“My luck’s not been great in the last year," said Redknapp.
“It started with Chelsea winning the Champions League and it’s gone from there really."
“Lionel Messi missing a penalty at the Nou Camp in the semi, and Bayern battering Chelsea, and Robben missing that penalty.
“I had nothing to with any of that, but I suppose if you’ve got your health it’s got to count for something, eh?”