Redknapp: Pressure all on City

Redknapp: Pressure all on City

Published May. 4, 2010 9:11 a.m. ET

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists all the pressure is on Manchester City ahead of Wednesday's Premier League showdown at Eastlands.

Victory for Spurs will guarantee them a place in the Champions League next season but any other result will take the fight for a top-four spot into the last game of the season.

Fourth-placed Spurs are one point ahead of City and even a draw would give the Londoners the edge going into their final game of the season at relegated Burnley on Sunday.

Tottenham have kept pace in the race for a Champions League spot all season while City, who sacked Mark Hughes in December and brought in Roberto Mancini, were tipped to break into the top four because of their massive cash outlay on new players last summer.

Abu Dhabi-based owner Sheikh Mansour has given City the spending power to rival any club in Europe and so, for Redknapp at least, the pressure is on the Blues.

"There is no pressure on us," declared Redknapp. "At the start of the year we all felt that if anyone was going to break in to the top four then realistically it was going to be Manchester City.

"You could see the regular four teams being there with maybe Manchester City the one club that could push into the group with the resources and the money they have spent, so there is no real pressure on us.

"They have bought some fantastic players, Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy, they had a real go in the summer and improved their squad massively.

"I think Manchester City will eventually go on and win the championship in three or four years. It is a powerful outfit with the owners they have got now.

"At the start of the season, we would have been delighted with a European place at the start of the year or being in the top seven, so to have a chance of making the Champions League is great for us.

"To be involved in something at this stage of the season, is a massive game for us. We have been up there all year looking to try and break into the top four at the end of the season.

"It would be nice if we could be there. But it is going to be tough. It's between us and Manchester City. If we don't win tomorrow it will go to the last game.

"We have both got difficult games at the weekend, we go to Burnley and Man City have got a tough game at West Ham.

"Everybody wants to win in front of their fans in the last game of the season, no-one wants to get beat. You don't want to end the season on a downer and Burnley and West Ham will want to win.

"But tomorrow we will want to go up there and get a positive result.

"If we could finish fourth I would be delighted. This is a good opportunity for this year. We've played some great football this year and if we finish fourth, it would be no more than we deserve.

"I don't get carried away and look at personal achievements. I just get on with my job and do my best. It is the players who will have done it.

"We will give it our best shot, if we finish fourth great, if not we will try again next year."

Redknapp must wait to see if captain Ledley King feels capable of putting his knee through two games in five days and whether goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes can shake off a muscle problem in time.

King, who hardly trains because of his long-standing knee problem, was expected to train on Tuesday morning but Redknapp will leave the final decision about playing to the defender.

"We've got to see if he recovers from the weekend," added Redknapp. "I leave it to Ledley to see how he feels. If he is fit for playing, he will tell me, if he is not quite right, he will tell me. Only he knows how his knee is feeling.

"It is a case of wait and see with Gomes. He did a muscle at the top of his leg against Bolton on Saturday. He did not train yesterday and we will see how he is today.

"If he is not fit, Ben Alnwick will play in goal and Jimmy Walker will be on the bench. But we hope he will be fit as he is important to us. I think he has a good chance of being fit."