‘You can’t label a football club’ – Harry Redknapp responds to ‘Spursy’ label and predicts elusive trophy win for Tottenham

    Harry Redknapp shrugged off ‘Spursy’ jibes and backed Tottenham to win a trophy this season.

    The north London side suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday night, a significant setback in their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition.

    Tottenham suffered a disappointing defeat against Sporting on Tuesday night

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    Tottenham suffered a disappointing defeat against Sporting on Tuesday night

    It led to comments from Jason Cundy that they are ‘Spursy’, meaning a soft touch that fold when under pressure

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    It led to comments from Jason Cundy that they are ‘Spursy’, meaning a soft touch that fold when under pressure

    While Spurs have made an excellent start to the season on the domestic front, talkSPORT host Jason Cundy described Tottenham’s display as ‘Spursy’, a label that implies the team has a soft streak that leads to them being easy to beat when under pressure.

    With Tottenham failing to win a trophy since their League Cup victory in 2008, Redknapp insists that the label, which stretches back some years, is unfair in different times.

    Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, the former Tottenham manager said: “It’s different teams, different managers and different players. How can you label a team when they got beat 15 years ago by somebody? It was different people.

    “There’s only a couple of trophies that you can win and they’ve not been good enough to win any of them, but they did get to a Champions League final under Mauricio Pochettino.

    “You can’t label a football club. It’s different players, different eras and different people.

    “They don’t put the shirt on and think ‘we’re Spurs so we’re going to be a soft touch for somebody’. It’s just not the way that it works.”

    Redknapp managed Tottenham between 2008 and 2012, guiding them into their first Champions League campaign in 2010

    Redknapp managed Tottenham between 2008 and 2012, guiding them into their first Champions League campaign in 2010

    In losing in Lisbon, Tottenham recorded an unwanted feat in that they became the first British club to lose during the reign of Charles III.

    But Redknapp added: “They’ll go on a run and I think they’ll probably win something this year.

    “I can see them winning one of the cups this year, I think they’ll certainly be strong enough to have a chance of winning one of them this season.

    “Hopefully that will put it to bed!”

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