Jurgen Klinsmann Hails Tottenham Hotspur
Former Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann thinks that Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will lead them to UEFA Champions League qualification, and that his former club will contend for the English Premier League title.
Klinsmann praised Redknapp and club chairman Daniel Levy and credited them for turning Spurs into a legitimate title contender.
“They’re a club that really deserves to be in the top four and this year there might even be a little bit more possible with a bit of luck,” Klinsmann told Reuters.
“The squad is now strong enough to compete in the Champions League. It has been a process. The owners had patience. They knew it would take time and they gave Harry Redknapp the time. They built this and worked on it together.
“They’ve developed a lot of stability and consistency over the last few years with Harry and now you see that coming through. Their squad is very, very good, especially the bench.
“Redknapp has a lot of authority and the owners let him do the job. From the stability a team has developed that can really compete.
“It’s fun to watch because they’re an entertaining side. Tottenham is and always was about entertainment. They want to have a blast, they want to move forward. It’s just fun to see.”
After hailing the club’s entertaining football, Klinsmann turned back the years and reminisced his transfer from Monaco to White Hart Lane.
“Tottenham is a way of life and I didn’t know that until I got there. I signed my first contract and thought, “It’s cool to be in London,” he added.
“And then after two weeks I said to myself ‘Oh my gosh, what is this here?’
“The supporters are very special. They live and breathe for that club. You go to White Hart Lane and there are 36,000 people singing. It’s not just one section. It’s the whole stadium singing. You go there and think ‘Wow’.”
We stay in North London as Klinsmann also commented on Thierry Henry’s expected return to Arsenal on a two-month loan.
“Absolutely he would make a valuable contribution no matter if he’s on the field or not because his experience will help a lot of players,” he continued.
“It’s possible that he might be more viable to [Arsene Wenger] off the field than on the field. Maybe he doesn’t want to have him as the front man to score the goals.
“Maybe he’ll say he wants him to calm down the team, to read the pace of the game, or maybe educate some of the younger players off the field. Henry has so much in his portfolio. Maybe he can make a difference without even being on the field.”
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