Harry Redknapp has admitted that he is surprised at Tottenham’s poor start to the season, adding that their current run represents a fight to get into the top four.
The 1-1 draw with Sheffield United last time out left Spurs 14th in the Premier League, 11 points off the Champions League places and without a league win in five attempts.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Redknapp said that his prediction for Tottenham to push for the league title now looks like it could be wrong already.
It’s strange, you have spells when things don’t go your way but I really thought they would push Liverpool and Manchester City close for the title this season,” the pundit said.
“But at the moment they are looking like they are going to struggle to even make the top four.
“It would be a massive blow if they didn’t make the Champions League, the money that has been invested in the training ground and the stadium, anything less than Champions League qualification would be a poor season.”
Spurs’ next game sees them travel to West Ham with recent reports suggesting that defeat there could have a serious impact on boss Mauricio Pochettino’s future.
Redknapp rejected such claims, saying that he can’t see chairman Daniel Levy wielding the axe just yet if things don’t improve.
“West Ham will be a difficult game, but I can’t see his job being on the line,” he added. “I’m a big fan of Pochettino – he’s a great manager and personality, he knows the game.
“But with that squad he’s got to win something, they have to get some silver on the sideboard somewhere. They won’t win the league and I don’t think they are good enough to win the Champions League [this season].
“They’re out the League Cup so will have to look to win the FA Cup, which is a possibility as they are good side.”
Spurs also return to Champions League action following the international break, their next clash seeing them face Olympiacos in North London on November 26.