Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

‘Not impossible’ for Tottenham to rule in Europe: Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has declared Tottenham can win the Champions League, despite being the only rookies through to the last 16.

The Spurs boss insisted it was “not impossible” for his side to go all the way to Wembley, but admitted it was “unlikely” they would beat the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea to European football's biggest prize.

Redknapp's declaration came exactly a week after he claimed Tottenham could become Premier League champions, something that was followed just 24 hours later by a stunning comeback against Arsenal in the north London derby.

Asked if Tottenham, who also stunned holders Inter Milan earlier this month, could succeed the Italians as European champions, Redknapp joked: “I'll be quoted as saying, 'We can win the Champions League', tomorrow!”

He added: “I think Barcelona, Real Madrid are absolutely incredible at the moment; I think anybody beating them is going to do well.

“Chelsea, Man United, for me, are certainly the two strongest sides still in this country.

“You don't know, do you? It's not impossible, it's not impossible.

“Anything can happen, can't it?

“It's unlikely, but it's not impossible.”

Winning the Champions League would hand Spurs an automatic place into next year's competition, but Redknapp is realistic enough to know that is far more likely to be achieved by a repeat of their top-four finish in the Premier League.

Tomorrow sees them face a Liverpool side who are still considered one of the so-called 'big four', despite losing their Champions League place to Spurs.

The Reds — arguably the last shock winners of the European Cup five years ago — made a terrible start to life under new manager Roy Hodgson, but the former Fulham boss has transformed their fortunes to such an extent that they will go above sixth-placed Tottenham if they win by two goals or more at White Hart Lane.

“I still think they're a big threat,” Redknapp said.

“Last year, obviously, they were favourites to make the top four.

“Then ourselves and Man City came along and pushed them back a bit.

“But I think Fernando Torres is back playing, looking sharp again, scoring goals.

“Roy's had a chance to get in there and get them playing the way he wants to play.

“I think we'll see Liverpool get stronger and stronger as the season goes on.”

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