Redknapp upbeat about third

Tottenham boss would be disappointed to finish in fourth place

Harry Redknapp: Tottenham manager is confident his team can finish third in the Premier League

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Harry Redknapp is confident Tottenham Hotspur remain in pole position to claim third spot and would be disappointed to finish fourth in the Premier League.

Spurs have suffered back-to-back defeats against Arsenal and Manchester United to see a 10-point advantage over fourth place whittled down to just four points.

Arsenal are their North London rivals' nearest pursuers, while there is a seven-point gap to Chelsea, who sacked Andre Villas-Boas on Sunday, in fifth position.

The club's next two away league games, either side of a home date with Stoke City, are against Everton and Chelsea, and Redknapp is expecting a tough test.

"I'm looking to finish third, not fourth. I'd be disappointed if we finished fourth. I'd be even more disappointed if we finished fifth!"

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However, Redknapp is happy with his team's current standing in the table and is upbeat about the prospects of securing automatic qualification for the Champions League group phase.

"We're still in pole position. I still fancy us to finish third," said Redknapp.

"That 10-point lead has suddenly become four points and we've got some hard games to come. We go to Everton and we've got Chelsea away.

"It's going to be tight but I'd still rather be where we are than Arsenal. We're four points in front and we've still got a big chance.

"I'm looking to finish third, not fourth. I'd be disappointed if we finished fourth. I'd be even more disappointed if we finished fifth!"