Ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss expects club to struggle to make top four

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has claimed that the team may only just sneak into the top four this season.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were the closest challengers to Premier League champions Chelsea last season as they finished runners-up.

It is an improvement on the 2015-16 campaign when Spurs claimed third place after their title run crumbled in the final few games.

Redknapp, though, believes that the North London outfit will fall backwards this season because they will not be playing in their own stadium.

Tottenham will stage their home matches at Wembley while their new ground is being built, and this worries Redknapp.

Pochettino and his men struggled at the capital stadium last season when they played their Champions League and then Europa League games at Wembley.

The team managed to win just one of their four outings at the ground, and this is why Redknapp thinks that Tottenham will struggle.

He still expects the club to seal a place in the top four, but believes that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will take Chelsea’s title.

In The Sun, he wrote:

“Pep Guardiola can look forward to his first title in English football. But I believe the most exciting side will not be Manchester City. It will be Tottenham. Problem is, they will be playing at Wembley this season and I am convinced that their temporary home will do for them.

“In fact, I worry that the club I enjoyed managing so much for four years might only just scrape into fourth place. That is how much of a disadvantage I think they will be under while their new stadium is being completed.”