Redknapp defends injured Júlio César after QPR loss
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has defended goalkeeper Júlio César after an underpar showing in his side's 4-1 defeat to Swansea on Saturday afternoon.
Júlio César, who represented Brazil in midweek, played through injury in the defeat and showed signs of insecurity when using his injured leg and should also have done better dealing with the shots that eventually led to goals.
Redknapp, while revealing his keeper's injury, was also determined to defend his former Inter Milan stopper from criticism.
He told reporters: "We gave some bad goals away, I can't look at them and say they were particularly good, there were some bad errors today.
"Our keeper has been fantastic, probably as good as any goalie in the league, but he played with a groin strain because he felt he was okay but obviously he wasn't at his best today. He felt he was fine and I can only go by what he tells me, I was told he was okay.
"He had a problem kicking and obviously when we passed the ball back he got himself under pressure. But in the previous five games when we have done well he has played well, but he had a bad day, that's how it goes."
Source: Tribal Football