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Former Portsmouth boss still believes his side are in with a chance of fourth place despite poor form of late, and optimistic about chances against on-song Chelsea


Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has conceded that Manchester City have ‘pole position’ in the race for fourth place and Champions League qualification.

A string of disappointing results, which continued with the 2-2 home draw with West Brom last Saturday, has left Spurs four points behind City, yet Redknapp has not given up hope of catching Roberto Mancini’s men.

Speaking at Friday’s press conference, he said: “It’s all to play for still. Man City have got pole position now with us dropping a couple of points last Saturday and them winning at Blackburn.

“But we’ve got to be positive and try to win as many of our games as we can and see where we finish up. It can be done but we need to pick up some big points in some tough games away from home now.

“We’ve had six games where we’ve won one and drawn five. We’ve played well in the games but we’ve just not got the results and that’s hurt us.

“But that’s the way its been all season. Everybody has tossed points away, everybody has had blips at the top of the table.”

Redknapp’s side face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s evening kick-off, an unenviable
task with the Blues in a rich vein of form and Spurs faced with a mounting injury list.

Asked about Chelsea’s recent performances, Redknapp said: “They’re in good form, they’re playing well. They’ve got good players and they’re a strong football team.

“They’re a team that I think most of us fancied at the start to probably win the Premier League, and they’re there every year because they’ve got fantastic players who have been there, done it – they’re winners.

“So you go to Chelsea knowing it’s going to be a difficult game, but we’re a good side as well. We’ve had some great matches with Chelsea in the time I’ve been here, so hopefully this will be another big game for us.”

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