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Redknapp nervous of City's firepower

PUBLISHED: 09:41 14 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:37 07 September 2010

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 21:  Benjani Mwaruwari of Manchester City in action during the 2009 Vodacom Challenge match between Kaizer Chiefs and Manchester City at the Absa Stadium on July 21, 2009 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 21: Benjani Mwaruwari of Manchester City in action during the 2009 Vodacom Challenge match between Kaizer Chiefs and Manchester City at the Absa Stadium on July 21, 2009 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

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HARRY Redknapp believes that Manchester City s wealth of strikers makes them the most likely heirs to the top four. The richest club in the world come to Tottenham on Wednesday in the latest round of the fight for the Champions League places...

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By Ben Pearce

HARRY Redknapp believes that Manchester City's wealth of strikers makes them the most likely heirs to the top four.

The richest club in the world come to Tottenham on Wednesday in the latest round of the fight for the Champions League places.

Spurs currently lead Mark Hughes' fantasy league team by a single point, and all eyes will be on White Hart Lane.

But, regardless of the result this week, Redknapp concedes that City's striking options could give them the edge over the course of the season.

"Man City, Villa, ourselves, we're all trying to break into that top four, or certainly to make sure we all get into European places and finish as high as we can," said the Tottenham manager.

"I think obviously Man City, for me, would still be favourites. Me and Kevin [Bond] were driving in the other day talking about their squad.

"They've got six strikers. You talk about having too many when you've got four, but if you go through them it's amazing. People forget about Benjani, who cost £9million and who I had at Portsmouth. He's probably number six there now."

City became the world's richest club overnight in the summer of 2008, and immediately splashed out on Brazilian striker Robinho.

Despite suffering their worst ever start to a league campaign, Spurs still recovered to overtake City and finish two places ahead of them in the final standings.

However, Hughes spent £92.5m on eight new players over the summer, stealing Gareth Barry, Joleon Lescott, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz from rival Premier League clubs.

For Redknapp, City's incredible story is evidence that the established hierarchy of English football, headed by the Big Four, can be upset in an instant.

"It can turn overnight in this game. Man City were struggling and then a man walks through the door out of the blue and suddenly they're the richest team in the world," mused Redknapp.

"Who knows what happens, if someone comes and buys your club or goes and buys any club?

"Someone could go and buy Burnley next week and Burnley could become the richest team in the country. It can happen! You just need that owner to walk through the door.


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