Harry Redknapp has had his say on Tottenham’s form this season, his disbelief at Claudio Ranieri and why Leicester hold all the aces in the race for the title.
Redknapp, speaking in his weekly column with the London Evening Standard, said he felt Spurs had laid down a significant marker this term – whether they finish the season as champions or not.
“Leicester winning the title would overshadow everyone else, but Tottenham will have had a fantastic season if they finish second. The Foxes have put everyone else in the shade with their achievements, but Spurs being the best of the rest would be a real statement for the future, not to mention qualification for the Champions League.
“Spurs have the extra incentive of ensuring they finish above Arsenal. If they manage to do it for the first time in 21 years, that will give them a huge psychological boost for the future. They will soon be moving into a new stadium with a young, dynamic manager and a group of players that have the edge on Arsenal at the moment.
“The title race isn’t over, but Leicester are going to take some beating. Seven points is a fantastic lead to have at this stage.
“It is an amazing story for Leicester and for Claudio Ranieri.
“He’d had a dip in his career over the last few years but suddenly he is getting worldwide recognition. I was in Barcelona this week with Derby and a guy came up to me at the airport. I thought he wanted an autograph or something, but I quickly realised he was Italian and all he said to me was: “Ranieri, fantastic, amazing!” And you have to agree.
“I bet Claudio can’t believe it.
“He must wake up in the morning and think: “Am I really top of the League with Leicester?” Most people thought they would go down. They also have the advantage of playing first each week, which will help no end.
“You’d rather get the result in the bank and let the rest worry about you rather than the other way around.
“Spurs just have to keep pulling out results and hope for the best.”