Harry Redknapp says he never expected his Tottenham side to break into the top four.
Spurs have guaranteed a top four finish following last Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Manchester City, which booked their place in next season’s Champions League.
Redknapp told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek show: “I’d be a liar if I said I expected us to finish in the top four this year, genuinely, I couldn’t see anybody but Manchester City, maybe, breaking into the top four this season.
“I certainly felt we would finish in the top seven and get a European place, but to be in the top four was even better than I expected.”
He added: “It’s a club that shouldn’t have been in the position they were in when I arrived.
“You looked at the playing staff and the squad and it was a good squad of players which, for whatever reason, hadn’t been playing very well.
“I know it sounds a bit basic, but anyone who tells you there’s some magic formula and it’s all about super coaches and everything else is really kidding themselves and trying to kid everybody else.
“You get good players, you play them in the positions they are supposed to play in, you tell them what you expect them to do during the game, you tell them what their responsibilities are to the team and how you expect them to play.
“They are very well-paid, talented footballers and they then go out and you get them to play.”
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