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Redknapp playing down pressure

Updated: Friday, 13 Jan 2012 13:00

Harry Redknapp - 'It's not impossible for us to win the league.'
Harry Redknapp - 'It's not impossible for us to win the league.'

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp saw his team move within striking distance of the top of the table and then declared that all the title pressure is on both Manchester clubs.

Aaron Lennon and Benoit Assou-Ekotto were both on target as Spurs coasted to a 2-0 victory over Everton to move within three points of Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Redknapp's men are now level on points with second-place Manchester United and will go joint top with Manchester City if they beat Wolves on Saturday.

Tottenham were huge outsiders for the title in August, when they began the season with heavy defeats to the Manchester sides, but they are now viewed as serious contenders to win their first championship in 51 years.

Redknapp thinks his team are capable of pulling off an unexpected win and also believes that his team will have the added bonus of playing through the rest of the campaign without being under the same pressure as City and United.

The Spurs boss said: "The pressure is on Man City because you look at their squad and you look at the money they have spent on the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri. With the money they've spent on wages and transfers, they are expected to be there and win the championship.

"They and Manchester United are red-hot favourites I think, but we are just hanging in there at the moment. We are playing well. We are right there.

"It's not impossible for us to win the league. It's difficult, but not impossible. We are a good side. We have some real quality.

"We are playing well, playing with smiles on our faces. We are not going out there under severe pressure, trying to nick a point to stay in the league."

Knowing what was at stake, it was understandable that Spurs started nervously this evening and they could have found themselves behind in the first minute had Louis Saha not rolled his shot wide after a mistake by Younes Kaboul.

Tottenham rallied midway through the first-half, however, and took the lead when Lennon cut in off the right flank after getting on the end of Assou-Ekotto's brilliant cross-field pass and slipped his shot past Tim Howard.

Assou-Ekotto then sealed the win in the second half with a 30-yard effort which flew in off Tim Cahill's backside.

Redknapp was happy with his team's performance, which came without the services of Scott Parker due to a knee injury, but maintains his side must not get ahead of themselves if they are to not lose their way in the remainder of the season.

"I am delighted. It was a good performance. You never get an easy game against Everton," Redknapp added.

"I know we're level with Man Utd and three points behind Man City, but I honestly never look further than our next match against Wolves on Saturday.

"That's all I will be thinking about when I'm driving home.
"We have to keep thinking about the next game and enjoying it."