Harry Redknapp has criticised Mauricio Pochettino’s comments about Tottenham not being “realistic contenders” to win silverware this season.

Ahead of Tuesday’s defeat at Inter, Pochettino said his Spurs side had no chance of winning trophies in the near future if their current form continues.

Since then, Tottenham suffered a third straight defeat in all competitions, losing their Champions League opener 2-1 at the San Siro following Premier League defeats against Watford and Liverpool.

But Redknapp, who managed Spurs between 2008 and 2012, says Pochettino was wrong to rule out his team’s chances so early in the season.

“I don’t know his methods behind what he’s saying there,” Redknapp told talkSPORT (via the The Spurs Web).

“Of course they’re contenders. You can’t tell me they haven’t got a great chance in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup to start with.

“There’s two cup competitions there they’ve got a big chance to win.The Premier League, okay Man City and Liverpool are red-hot favourites, I fancy one of them two.

“But you can’t write your season off in the league already after two defeats surely. There’s a long way to go yet.

“After that Man United game everyone thought they have got a great chance this year“I thought they were fantastic at Old Trafford.”

Pochettino was likely trying to get a response out of his players, and to an extent it worked; Tottenham were the better side for long spells against Inter.

But an inability to add to the opening goal and defend set pieces saw the Londoners fall to yet another defeat.

They now travel to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday knowing only a win will do.

That victory against Manchester United certainly seems like a long time ago now.



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