Jonathan Woodgate believes that Tottenham Hotspur have a good chance of winning the Barclays Premier League this season.
The Stoke defender, who spent three-and-a-half injury-hit years at Spurs, was impressed with his old club even though they were beaten at The Britannia Stadium on Sunday.
“I think Spurs are an unbelievable team - different class - and they’ll go very close to winning the title," he said.
“The whole team has pace and it’s frightening for an opposing team when you know everyone’s quick, and with the ability they’ve got, as well as speed, they’re going to be a good side.”
Woodgate played in an unfamiliar right-back role over the weekend, which meant being put directly up against Gareth Bale. When asked about his old teammate, the former England man was generous with his praise.
“He is the best winger in the world, more or less. The other night when I found out I was going to be marking him I didn’t sleep much,” added Woodgate.
Despite being released from his contract by the North London club in the summer, Woodgate is not bitter about his exit, and the former Real Madrid centre back does not feel he has to prove anything to their players or coaching staff.
“There’s no animosity between me and anyone at Spurs. I don’t’ need to show anyone I can still play. I get on with my game and I know Harry Redknapp believes in me, so no problem," he concluded.
“I didn’t want to leave and he didn’t want me to either. But that’s life-you’ve got to get on with it. You move on.”