Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he is scared by the strength of Manchester City’s squad, and believes that they will be the big rivals with Manchester United for the Premier League title.
Redknapp’s Spurs side face Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, and while he feels they will provide a big test for the Eastlands side, he is sure that they will win the league at some point in the near future.
Redknapp told the Sunday Mirror: “How do you compete with them? I’ve never seen a squad like it. They will go on to win the title sooner rather than later, for sure.
“If you go into the market hoping to compete with them, you’ve got no chance. And most of the time it’s nothing more than pocket money to their owner.
“So, when you can afford to pay the money they can without any wage restrictions, it’s bound to give you a massive advantage over everyone.
“When you look at the money they have spent to put that team together, they are entitled to be optimistic about the future.
“They have fantastic players all over the pitch, probably two world-class players for every position.”
Redknapp also spoke of watching City’s 3-2 victory over Bolton with Everton manager David Moyes, and their concern even at the strength of City's substitutes.
He added: “David Moyes was sat with me at Bolton and I said to him, ‘Do they look strong or what?’ and he said, ‘It’s the bench that worries me, look at that lot warming up’.
“They had Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Adam Johnson – there must have been over a £100m worth of substitutes and when you can call on that lot, you know you’ve got problems.
“When you look at the spending between the two Manchester clubs, it’s fair to say they have pulled away from the rest of us.
“I wouldn’t write Chelsea off, but, for me, City will push United all the way this season.”
However, Redknapp is keen for his side to cause City problems, and believes that his squad has the potential to cause an upset.
He said: “After the Everton game was understandably called off, it hasn’t been the ideal start for us, playing United and City in our opening two games. But you have to move on from the United defeat.
“To be fair, we’ve done well against City in the past. We’re playing at home, so that should give us an advantage. And it’s important we get some points on the board sooner rather than later.
“One thing I do expect is a fantastic game of football at White Lane. Both sides like to play football, so there should be goals in the game, to be sure.”
Tottenham currently sit in 19th position in the Premier League having only played one game, a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United last Monday night.