Harry Redknapp gives verdict on whether current Tottenham team are better than his 2011 Champions League quarter-finalists

Harry Redknapp

The former Spurs boss led a team boasting the talents of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric to the last eight of Europe's top competition five years ago.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has told the London Evening Standard that Mauricio Pochettino's side are an all-round better team than the one he led to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2011.

Boasting stars such as current Real Madrid pair Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, and Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart, a Spurs side under Redknapp finished fifth in the Premier League in 2010-11 but progressed to the last eight of Europe's premier competition.

Along the way they beat sides such as AC Milan and Inter Milan, before their journey was halted in emphatic fashion wih the 5-0 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid.

Redknapp has always been proud of his achievement at Spurs, having led the club from bottom of the league to a first-ever qualification for the Champions League.

However, the 69-year-old admitted in the Standard that the fact that the current side has so many players exceeding expectations makes them a better all-round team than his European challengers.

Redknapp said: "Ledley King said he thought the current Tottenham team would beat my side which reached the Champions League quarter-final in 2011. Well, I agree. Okay, this team doesn’t possess a superstar on the level of Gareth Bale or Luka Modric but they are a better all-round side.

"Mauricio has done a great job but their success has been the emergence of good players exceeding all expectations Nobody could have predicted Harry Kane was going to suddenly become the player he is today. I scouted Dele Alli several times as did a lot of other clubs but with a view to the future. What he has done in his maiden top-flight season is remarkable.

"They work very well as a team and Mauricio deserves credit for that but they press the ball extremely well because he has good athletes. Tottenham could yet win the title. I could see Spurs winning all four games, which leaves Leicester needing a good return from a difficult run-in. But whatever happens from here, this is the best team Spurs have had in a long time."

Spurs look all but certain to finish as one of the Premier League's top two this season for what would be their highest placing in the top flight since the early 1960s.

They closed the gap on Leicester to five points with a crushing 4-0 win at Stoke City on Monday night, and have four games left to overhaul the Foxes.

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