Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spurs Will Be in the Title Race for Years to Come

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spurs Will Be in the Title Race for Years to Come

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Byline: Harry Redknapp

EDEN HAZARD may say Chelsea don't want Tottenham to win the Premier League but they will try just as hard to stop Leicester on the final day of the season if it comes to it.

The race could all be over if Leicester win at Manchester United on Sunday but I fancy Louis van Gaal to get something out of that match which would keep it alive going into Monday's game between the Blues and Spurs at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham have been a far better team this year but you can bet Chelsea will be bang up for it. Hazard has said as much. If I was his manager, I'd have preferred it if he hadn't spoken publicly but you wouldn't make a big deal out of it. You just tell him to go out on the pitch and prove it there.

Spurs have to keep believing they have a chance and even if Leicester win, securing second place would be a real feather in their cap but some people think Chelsea will ruin it for them by rolling over against Leicester if the title was still on the line. That's rubbish.

English football has a great record for that it has been proven over time. Liverpool didn't want Manchester United to win the League in 1995 but were playing their only rivals, Blackburn, on the final day of the season. Blackburn had Kenny Dalglish in charge arguably one of Liverpool's most loved sons and given Liverpool had nothing to play for, most people at Anfield wanted King Kenny to succeed. And yet, they beat Blackburn.

My West Ham team were playing against United and there was nothing on it for us but we fought for our lives. I had to play three centre-backs because Fergie put three up front and they absolutely battered us. We were hanging on for grim life but they couldn't get the winning goal.

I thought that it was a great day for English football because it shows our game is honest.

Dele Alli will be suspended against Chelsea after striking out at Claudio Yacob against West Brom. To be fair, every time you see Yacob, he is always kicking people. He is a nasty midfielder who goes out to upset people. He would have gone out on Monday with the intention of winding Dele Alli up. Dele isn't a shrinking violet and I like the fact he can look after himself in a game but throwing punches is obviously taking it too far. …

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