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Friday 20 January 2012

Redknapp: Spurs must be positive

Tottenham manager tells side to attack against Manchester City on Sunday

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has plenty of attacking options at White Hart Lane

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has told his side to attack Manchester City in Sunday's crunch Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium.

Spurs currently lie third in the League table, five points behind League leaders City, after losing only once in 19 matches.

And Redknapp says his side must take the game to their opponents on Sunday as they seek a win that will maintain their title challenge.

"They are not invincible," said Redknapp. "I think we can go there and play really well on Sunday. They will know they've had a game I'm sure.

"I think we can win. We will go there as a positive team. I wouldn't want to go there and sit back. We have people who can hurt them.

"It has been an amazing season for us after we lost the first two games"
- Harry Redknapp

"We have good players here and they will be looking forward to it.

"I don't think about losing. I think about going there on Sunday and trying to win.”

Tottenham and Manchester City have been involved in some important battles during the past few seasons, with matches between the sides deciding which one would qualify for the Champions League in both 2010 and 2011.

At the beginning of this season, City thrashed Spurs 5-1 at White Hart Lane and Redknapp paid tribute to how his side bounced back from that early setback.

"We lost goals early in the game. We had injuries. It was a difficult game. The midfield wasn't what you would have expected us to start the season with in all honesty," added Redknapp.

"It has been an amazing season for us after we lost the first two games.

"We had two bad beatings and to come back and be where we are has been fantastic but we have just got to carry that on now for the rest of the season and that's what we aim to do."

Meanwhile Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said he believed Spurs have the quality to win their first top flight title since 1961.

"After us, they started to win and they won all the games that they played," said Mancini, whose side have not dropped a point at home this season. "They did very well.

"We have good players but Tottenham have the same - [Rafael] Van der Vaart, [Gareth] Bale, [William] Gallas, [Younes] Kaboul, [Aaron] Lennon, [Emmanuel] Adebayor, [Luka] Modric - I don't think they are young players without experience.

"For this reason I think they can win the title."

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Key Points

  • Spurs play Man City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday
  • Tottenham boss does not want his side to sit back
  • Redknapp proud of his side's response after losing 5-1 to City in August