Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp believes that Manchester City are the favourites to finish fourth in the Barclays Premier League, which will secure the all-important final Champions League spot.
But the Spurs boss has vowed to fight City until the end, and is already preparing for the prospect of his side's future coming down to the eagerly-anticipated head-to-head clashes that could see a repeat of last year's end of season drama.
Tottenham went to Eastlands on the penultimate day of last season knowing a win would secure Champions League qualification for the first time in their history.
A Peter Crouch goal ensured a 0-1 victory that meant Spurs could look forward to a season competing amongst Europe's elite – but Redknapp believes it could go right to the wire again this year.
"City should be in there," he said. "You look at their resources, the money they have been able to spend on players. They have got £30million players who are not even starting for them.
"We have some tough games to come. Arsenal at home will be a massive game for us and also Chelsea away – it’s going to be tight.
"Liverpool still think they have half a chance for fourth spot but it’s probably between City and us."
Spurs spurned the chance to increase the pressure on City after being held to a 0-0 draw in Saturday’s encounter against West Ham at White Hart Lane, and have now taken just two points from their last three games.
City themselves are also struggling for form, after going down 2-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the same week they were also knocked out of the Europa League by Dynamo Kiev.
"City going out of the Europa League last week wasn’t what we wanted but they still have an FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United and that could be a big distraction," Redknapp stated.
Spurs also have other distractions as they prepare for a tantalising Champions League quarter-final tie with Real Madrid.
"We have been in the top four or five all season. It’s not easy when you’re fighting on two fronts."
As the 'business-end' of the season approaches, there is still a considerable amount of football to be played, with every game as important as the next.
Spurs' season will be defined in the coming weeks and will undoubtedly make for a fascinating watch.
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