Harry Redknapp has tipped Tottenham Hotspur to finish above Chelsea in the Premier League this season.
The London rivals meet at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium later this afternoon in the first encounter since Jose Mourinho took over from Mauricio Pochettino has head coach.
Pochettino guided Spurs to four successive top four finishes in the table before Daniel Levy sacked him in late November after the club went into the international break in the unfamiliar position of fourteenth in the table.
Victory for Spurs would see them go above Chelsea on goal difference with both sides on 29 points.
Despite Chelsea currently occupying fourth place and enjoying a three point advantage over Tottenham, Redknapp believes that it will be Mourinho who has the bragging rights come the end of the campaign.
Redknapp has also tipped Tottenham to beat Chelsea in this afternoon’s encounter and believes that such is the quality within the squad in North London, they are more than capable of going on a winning run to cement their place in the Champions League for a fifth season in a row.
He told talkSPORT: “I’ve been saying from when Pochettino left and Mourinho came in, I just felt that with Tottenham’s squad they could go on a run and make the top-four,”
“That group of players were massively underachieving, they went through a terrible spell, but I felt they could go on a run and make the top-four, and I still think they will.
“I can’t see them being out of the top four at the end of the season.
“They’ve got great attacking players and great options going forward – Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura and Dele Alli is back in form. They’re exciting.
“I still think they need a bit of tweaking and I’m sure Mourinho will bring one of two in when the time is right.
“But at the moment they’ve got a squad there that I think is good enough to make the top-four. I would be disappointed if they didn’t finish in the Champions League positions this season with that group.
“And if Frank gets Chelsea in the top-four it would be a great achievement considering what he took over.”
“It’ll be a great game on Sunday, I can’t wait for it,” he added.
“Although I think they were fortunate last weekend against Wolves, Tottenham have hit a bit of form.
“They’ve got a fantastic group of players, their front-four is a good as anything, and I think this is going to be a tough game for Chelsea.
“Tottenham will definitely be favourites.”
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