Harry Redknapp has risked irking Arsenal and Chelsea fans by admitting Tottenham Hotspur can become the biggest club in London.
In his column for the Telegraph, the former Tottenham boss revealed his belief that not only can Spurs win this season’s Premier League, but they can overtake Arsenal and Chelsea’s to become the capital’s most important team.
Tottenham are currently the best-placed team in London, sitting second in the table behind Leicester, and, with a new stadium on the way, Redknapp has tipped the north London club to establish themselves as one of England’s elite teams.
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“There’s a chance for Tottenham to become the biggest club in London, every chance. I think West Ham will push on and be a threat, but Tottenham are a bit ahead of them.
“They’ve got the money, too. Joe Lewis (Owner of ENIC, which owns 100 per cent of Tottenham’s share capital) is a very, very, very wealthy man. He’s up there with the wealthiest men in the world. If they can get in the Champions League or win the title, it looks set up for a long time at Tottenham.”
Twitter users found Redknapp’s prediction amusing.
Yet Tottenham haven’t lost a league game to London opposition this season and have picked up 17 points from a possible 21 against London teams.
Tottenham’s title hunt continues on Sunday with a showdown at White Hart Lane against Manchester City, and Redknapp feels a sense of deja vu about the clash.
He continued: “It’s a similar situation to when I took Tottenham up to City in 2010 for the game that decided which club qualified for the Champions League. It was being talked about as the £50 million match and the rewards were huge.
“I decided to go bold that night, playing with two strikers - Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe - and we won 1-0. I just felt we could cause them problems, I didn’t want to sit back and invite them on.”
End of City's bid
Redknapp believes Mauricio Pochettino’s team can exploit City’s shaky defence and reckons a victory will end the Citizens’ bid for a third league title in five seasons.
He added: “If Tottenham beat City this time, they will put them out of the title race - they would almost be gone. Tottenham are solid at the back and they don’t concede many goals, so they will play their normal game and they don’t lose too often away from home now.
“City are as open as a barn door at the back. Apart from Vincent Kompany, they haven’t got any centre-halves who are good enough. They don’t want to defend and all the midfielders want to run forwards and backwards.
Pressure on Arsenal
“Even if Tottenham get on the train coming home with just a point, it will be a good point and a bad result for Man City. Same for Leicester - if they can come away with a point that will almost put Arsenal out of the running.
“Both of the home teams need to win this week because they’ve got hard fixtures to come and Leicester have got a great run-in. Tottenham have got a great chance - Manchester City and Arsenal need to win.”