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‘Losing at Manchester City this weekend would not affect Tottenham's title challenge' - Harry Redknapp

The Spurs boss hopes to play with an attacking mentality at the Etihad Stadium, and reveals Jermain Defoe & Ledley King are likely to start while Sandro & William Gallas are doubts

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp does not believe that losing to Manchester City in their clash on Sunday would signal an end to the Londoners’ title challenge.

Spurs currently sit third in the Premier League table on 46 points – two points behind second-placed Manchester United and five points behind Roberto Mancini’s men.

Losing this weekend at the Etihad Stadium would open up an eight-point gap between the Lilywhites and City but Redknapp does not believe the match is pivotal for his side’s success.

“Could losing at Man City end our title challenge? Not really. I’ve said many times that six-point, seven-point or eight-point leads can evaporate very quickly. We’ve seen it so many times over the years,” he told reporters on Friday.

“It’s all to play for – and I keep saying that the top four is really where we want to be. We want to get Champions League football, and anything above that is a bonus.

“I’ll have one eye on Arsenal’s game [against Man United] after ours has finished. We want to keep pushing on and make sure we get into that Champions League place, that’s the key.”

Mancini's side are yet to drop a point at home in the league but Redknapp insists Spurs will not make defending their priority.

“We’ll go there with a positive team,” the 64-year-old said. “I’ve just been sitting in there with the staff, talking about the team, and I wouldn’t want to go there and sit back.

“I think we’ve got people who can hurt them. I’m looking to go and take the game to them if we can.

“They’re a good team, let’s not kid ourselves. They’ve got outstanding forward players and they’re a good team – but so are we.

“The players are confident; we’ve got good players here. They’ll be looking forward to it.

“It’s a great time of the season for us to be involved where we are. Sitting two points behind Manchester United and 10 points in front of Arsenal at this stage of the season is not something that normally happens.

Centre-back William Gallas and defensive midfielder Sandro are both unlikely to feature in Sunday’s match but defender Ledley King is a possibility make the starting eleven Redknapp revealed.

“Gallas and Sandro are jogging but they’re not fit yet,” the Tottenham boss continued. “They’re running at about 60 per cent so they’re a little way off yet.

“Ledley’s not trained. The last time I saw him on the training pitch would have been about four weeks ago – but it’s not impossible that tomorrow morning he could come out and train, so I wouldn’t write him off.

“It’s no different to what we normally do with him. We won’t know until tomorrow morning. If he comes out and says ‘I’m okay’ then he’ll come out and play on Sunday, if I pick him.”

Spurs will definitely be without first-choice forward Emmanuel Adebayor who is on loan from the league leaders, and Jermain Defoe is the favourite to start up front in the Togolese striker’s absence.

“I’ve got Jermain, he’s been bursting for a chance to get back in and play so hes got the opportunity to play,” Redknapp added.

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