Redknapp throws in the towel in race for fourth place and tips Chelsea for title tilt


TOTTENHAM boss Harry Redknapp all but gave up on finishing in the Champions League places despite seeing Peter Crouch get them back to winning ways.

Redknapp believes Chelsea – three points ahead of Spurs in fourth place – could be impossible to catch after their £71m spree on Fernando Torres and David Luiz.

“For us to finish above them would be a real feat. They have spent about £70m in the transfer market. We have just got to keep going and it would be a fantastic achievement,” he said.

“I would not write Chelsea off from winning the Premier League. They could go on a run and be a big danger to everyone.”

Crouch’s third-minute header earned Tottenham a first win in five matches but Redknapp fears injuries are sabotaging his team’s ambitions.

Midfielders Luka Modric and Steven Pienaar were late withdrawals, while Ledley King’s planned operation in Germany was postponed after the defender lost his passport. He added: “It is a long story. It’s next week now.”