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Harry Redknapp talks up Spurs Premier League title bid

Redknapp delights as 'gamble' pays-off

Harry Redknapp insisted Tottenham can win the Premier League after they came from two goals down to win at Arsenal for the first time since 1993.

"You've got to aim for the top," said the Spurs manager after his side scored three second-half goals for a stunning win. "We're not writing ourselves off."

"We can beat anybody," added Redknapp. "This has put us right back in the race again. It's wide open.

"If my players believe in themselves as much as I do, we can achieve anything."

Spurs have not won the league title since 1961, but now stand within striking position of the top four in sixth place.


First-half goals from Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh had put Arsenal in complete control, but Gareth Bale's slick finish reduced the deficit before Rafael van der Vaart scored a penalty and Younes Kaboul headed in a late winner.

"To come back showed great character, it really was a fantastic second- half performance," added Redknapp after Spurs' away win at a so-called "Big Four" side for the first time in 69 games.

"I gave them a rollicking at half-time, and woke them up a bit. We took the game to them from the start of the second half. We had to go for broke. It wasn't a case of trying to stem the tide, it was a case of trying to get back into the game.

"We were either going to get beat 5-0, or have a go. That's what we did, because that's my nature."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that to have lost three matches at home already this season was not the form of potential champions.

Defeat by Spurs 'painful' for Wenger

"It's difficult to understand how we lost the game, because of the number of chances we created compared to Tottenham," he said. "I'm a bit speechless.

"But we lost our focus, and we were punished. We made some basic mistakes.

"It's a shame because overall we had a good game, after recent weeks. But we were not rewarded. We did not keep our concentration for 90 minutes and, when you want to win, that cannot happen. We eased off a bit, that is for sure."

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 20 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 14 19 28
2 Man Utd 14 13 28
3 Arsenal 14 13 26
4 Bolton 14 6 22
5 Man City 13 5 22
6 Tottenham 14 2 22
7 Sunderland 13 2 19
8 Stoke 14 0 19
9 Liverpool 14 -1 19
10 Newcastle 14 1 18
11 Blackpool 14 -6 18
12 Aston Villa 13 -3 17
13 Birmingham 14 -2 16
14 West Brom 14 -9 16
15 Everton 13 1 15
16 Blackburn 13 -3 15
17 Fulham 13 0 14
18 Wigan 14 -13 14
19 Wolves 14 -11 9
20 West Ham 14 -14 9

see also
Redknapp delight as 'gamble' pays-off
20 Nov 10 |  Tottenham
Defoe happy with winning return
20 Nov 10 |  Arsenal
Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham
20 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Saturday football as it happened
20 Nov 10 |  Football
Spurs are in the Champions League
06 May 10 |  Sport


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