Spurs boss praises his players' character after holding Arsene Wenger's side and insists that his side could have won the game after coming back from two goals down
Spurs missed the chance to move level on points with Manchester City in the Premier League after drawing 3-3 with Arsenal, and Redknapp has insisted that Roberto Mancini’s men are now favourites to finish fourth.
“They [Manchester City] were favourites at the start of they year, because of the squad and because we finished above them last year and they went out and spent about £150 million to try and get above us,” he explained to Sky Sports.
“Obviously they are favourites, but I can’t ask any more than to have a team that plays like they did tonight.”
Indeed Redknapp could not fault his players for their efforts after coming from 3-1 down to hold Arsenal to a draw in a thrilling game.
“It was a fantastic game, it was one of the great games in my opinion,” he said.
“To come back and show the character we showed from 3-1 down to get back into the game and really we could have gone on and won it. We showed fantastic character it was an amazing performance from the players.
“Arsenal in the first half were top class, they had us at full stretch and it was hard to live with them. We went 3-1 down, came back to 3-2 just before half-time and I thought second half, the best chances were all going our way, obviously a penalty and then we just couldn’t get the winner but it was a great performance.”
The Spurs boss also insisted that his team still had plenty to play for, despite now lying two points behind Manchester City with six games left to play, and the two teams scheduled to meet on May 10 at Eastlands.
“It was a great game and you can’t ask for any more,” he added.
“Both teams wanted to win, needed to win, the season’s still going and there is still all to play for.
“I’m so pleased with the character we showed, there is a spirit in this football club now that we never give in. We have come back from losing positions so many times and you need players with real character to do that.”