Birmingham CIty manager Harry Redknapp has told The Sun that he thinks Tottenham Hotspur's title hopes are dented by the move to Wembley Stadium – and backed Everton to 'rattle a few cages' this season.
As July draws to a close, the new Premier League season is just around the corner, with under a fortnight to go until the big kick off as Arsenal take on Leicester to start the new campaign.
Chelsea will be hoping to defend their Premier League title, but it promises to be an intriguing campaign for their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham chased the title in the last two seasons but failed to claim the crown on either occasion, and have endured a quiet summer as they remain the only Premier League team yet to bring in a new signing.
Kyle Walker has left the club for Manchester City, and whilst Pochettino currently has no new faces to choose from, he has managed to keep hold of players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.
Saturday's 3-0 friendly defeat to Manchester City has unnerved some fans, but former boss Harry Redknapp believes Spurs face a big problem this season – the fact that Wembley is their home for the campaign as the club's new stadium is built, and Spurs struggled on European nights at Wembley last season.
Redknapp, speaking to The Sun, backed Manchester City to win the Premier League title, but does believe that Spurs can still challenge despite their stadium change, even if h is worried about the effect of Wembley.
Redknapp also backed Everton to 'rattle a few cages' with their new signings this season, believing they could even break into the top four, before suggesting some cautious optimism for Liverpool fans too.
“They would have been my first pick for sure because in Harry Kane and Dele Alli they have a wonderful pair, they have two great centre-backs and the goalie is top rate They haven’t bought anybody yet because they don’t really have to,” said Redknapp. “But Wembley, I fear, will be a major downer for them. Look what happened in last season’s Champions League when they played under the Arches. They didn’t win a game and even when they dropped down to the Europa League it was the same story.”
“Not that this year’s battle for the title is going to be a two-horse race. Far from it. In fact I reckon it is going to be the most competitive and the most exciting of any title race since the Premier League began. You could put your money on any of my top seven – City, Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United – and get a real run for your money. Ronald Koeman, I believe, will rattle a few cages with his new-look Everton team and if any club is going to bust into the top-four cartel then it is going to be them. Jurgen Klopp will believe that he can take Liverpool further and higher than last season’s fourth-place finish and with that crowd at Anfield behind them, it could just happen for them,” he added.
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