Alan Hansen believes Spurs will edge out City in the race for fourth place.
The Legendary Liverpool defender believes the Tottenham squad is as deep as any of the top four but feels they have better players than the blues. “Despite their defeat at Old Trafford, Tottenham still look better equipped than any of their rivals to become the team who finally break the stranglehold on the Champions League places,” explained the Scot.
“Though both Spurs and Manchester City, their closest challengers, have the look of sides who could become realistic, regular challengers for both the top four and even the Premier League title over the next few seasons, at the moment it is Harry Redknapp’s side who are the more impressive. They have the better players, the better team and their strength in depth is as good as there is in the league, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal included.”
But Hansen regarded City as a mishmash of talent but feels the team will step up a level should they qualify for the Champions League. “City have spent a significant sum to build a side, but they still seem a mishmash of talented players with not many who would qualify for inclusion in the very top bracket in world football. That will change, though, especially if it is City qualify for the Champions League.”
City will again be expected to be amongst the big spenders during the summer and Hansen feels the time is right for the blues to launch a serious assault at the top four. “There could not be a better time to do that, as the top four are not as good as they once were – that can be seen by how many times each has lost this season – and it is an opportunity City would not want to miss.”
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