Redknapp predicts bleak future for London rivals

06 July 2020 17:35:02 GMTPlus10

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes the north London outfit have "gone backwards a million miles" in recent years, suggesting both they and rivals Arsenal could struggle next season.

Redknapp, who was last involved in management at Birmingham City in 2017, left Spurs in 2012 after guiding the club to Champions League football for the first time in their history during his tenure.

Spurs continued to improve after Redknapp’s departure, finishing second in their best Premier League season to date in 2016/17 under Mauricio Pochettino, who also led the club to the Champions League final in Madrid in 2019.

But the club have receded this season, swapping Pochettino for former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho last year, and after being knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup, they are in danger of finishing outside the top six in the Premier League.

North London rivals Arsenal have also endured a difficult campaign and Redknapp believes both sides will find it hard to secure European football next term.

Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: "I don’t see it for them [Tottenham & Arsenal] next year, it’s going to be tough again for the two clubs in north London.

"Tottenham have gone backwards a million miles. You look at where they are now to where they were a couple of years ago, when Kyle Walker and Danny Rose were in form at full-back and Christian Eriksen was in great form, Mousa Dembele with him in midfield and Dele Alli was absolutely fantastic.

"They’re nowhere near that now."

Meanwhile, Tottenham are 1.95 to beat Everton in Monday's Premier League clash, with the Merseysiders 3.80 and the draw 3.60.

Spurs are 1.61 for a top-six finish this season.

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