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Redknapp believes Tevez was 'a bit too much'

ESPN staff
May 4, 2010
Carlos Tevez has been a revelation for City this season © Getty Images

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says he can understand why Sir Alex Ferguson allowed Carlos Tevez to leave Manchester United for local rivals City.

Tevez has proved one of the deadliest strikers in the Premier League this season following his switch to Eastlands, and Spurs face a huge task in trying to contain him on Wednesday night to ensure they remain in fourth place going into the final day on Sunday.

Many believe United made a mistake in allowing Tevez to leave as they go into the weekend a point behind leaders Chelsea, but Redknapp feels Ferguson is completely justified in his decision.

In a five-part exclusive interview with Soccernet in the build-up to the big game, Redknapp said: "There is only one point in it in for the race for the title, and that's the fine dividing lines these days and, let's face it, he has achieved that without Cristiano Ronaldo or Tevez.

"To be fair to Sir Alex, he probably thought that £45 million - or whatever the true cost for Tevez was - was a bit much, plus his wages of £180,000-a-week, when he wasn't even a regular in the United team last season, spending most of his time coming off the bench.

"Sir Alex has spent £30 million on Berbatov and he had Rooney and, at the start of the season, he would have thought that was enough, and so would most people."

Redknapp, though, admits Tevez is likely to be a threat this week and has concerns about the strength of his fellow attackers at City.

"He just never stops. He works hard," he said. "He needs looking after - he is a handful. When you look at City's options in attack, it's mind-blowing. They have a phenomenal amount of talent and so many options.

"They have Emmanuel Adebayor up front with Carlos Tevez, Craig Bellamy, Adam Johnson, and players like Shaun Wright-Phillips, plus Roque Santa Cruz, who cannot even get into the team at all, and yet last season he was just magnificent with Blackburn.

"That is a fantastic array of attacking talent, and you would have to argue one of the best in the business - certainly in the Premier League and even in Europe."

Despite his admiration for the City squad, though, Redknapp is happier with his own team.

"We have Aaron Lennon coming back, and what a player he is, with his pace," he said. "Even behind him, there is Bale, who has come on in such leaps and bounds and has become an attacking force.

"I wouldn't swap our players for any of theirs. We have a terrific group of players, and that's a nice position to be in."

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