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Harry Redknapp backs Mauricio Pochettino to weather Spurs storm and finish third

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 10:25, 14 October 2019

Harry Redknapp has backed Tottenham and their embattled manager Mauricio Pochettino to finish third in the Premier League this season.

Spurs are presently enduring a difficult start to the 2019/20 campaign with a recent 3-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion leaving them with just one victory from their last six games in all competitions.

Spurs’ recent struggles: Five key things to know…

  • Spurs have endured a tough start to their 2019/20 campaign.
  • Pochettino’s men have won just three of their opening 11 matches in all competitions.
  • Bayern Munich recently left north London with a 7-2 win in the Champions League, never before had Spurs conceded that amount at home.
  • Pochettino has come under severe pressure, with widespread suggestions that his project is nearing an end.
  • However, Redknapp is backing Spurs to rediscover their form and finish the season strongly.

Looking at the bigger picture, Spurs have claimed three wins from 11 matches, which included a humbling 7-2 loss in the Champions League to Bayern Munich.

This moment, coupled with elimination from the League Cup to fourth division outfit Colchester United, has increased the pressure on Pochettino’s shoulders, despite the fact he guided the Lilywhites to their first Champions League final last season.

Reports of a disharmonious dressing room have been dismissed from within, though they haven’t gone away. Redknapp, who famously brought Champions League football to Spurs during his reign, is adamant their squad is not inferior to the league’s top two teams.

The former boss is confident Spurs will soon return to form and finish in third, which is the position currently occupied by neighbours and fierce rivals Arsenal.

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“At the start of the year I really thought Spurs would push Man City and Liverpool a lot, lot closer,” he told the Daily Mail.

“Tottenham have got a great team, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son – I thought this could be their year. But it’s been a disappointing start for them for sure and they need to turn it around quickly, but I still think they’ll finish third.

“They’ve got the best stadium in the country, the best training ground. It’s all in place. They’ve got a great group of players. It’s some squad, if you go through it, I don’t care what anybody says I don’t think there’s a lot between that squad and Liverpool’s and Man City’s squad, I really don’t.

“He [Pochettino] has got the good players but at the moment there’s been hiccups – one of two of them are not playing to their real potential or as good as they can.”