Posted on Apr 13
Harry Redknapp has challenged his Tottenham stars to prove they deserve to be ranked alongside the club's legends by winning the FA Cup.
Redknapp's side have earned flattering comparisons to some of the great Spurs sides, including the 1991 FA Cup winners and the 1961 double-winning team.
An 11-match unbeaten run at the end of 2011 featured some eye-catching play that saw Spurs labelled the most entertaining team in the country.
But Redknapp believes all that praise would quickly be forgotten if Spurs fail to fulfil their potential.
To earn their place in the Tottenham history books along the likes of Gary Lineker, Paul Gascoigne, Danny Blanchflower and Cliff Jones, Redknapp insists they must win silverware and that means beating Chelsea in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final, then winning the trophy itself.
"This is a great opportunity for us to go all the way this year," Redknapp said on Friday.
"On our day we can beat Chelsea. We can beat anyone. There is not a lot between the two teams, but they have the medals to show for it.
"They have been there and done it all in the last few years.
"Tottenham is a club that have won two trophies since 1991 and they were both League Cups so it's about time Tottenham won another trophy."
If Tottenham can beat Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday, Redknapp believes it will prove the potential is there for his club to continue to better their west London rivals, as long as the board are prepared to keep investing in new signings.
"If we want Champions League football again we need to improve the squad again in the summer. You have to keep improving because everyone else around us will," Redknapp said.
"If you want to start winning championships then you really have to push on and raise the bar because that's the only way you are going to do it."
Having being on the verge of going 13 points clear of Arsenal in February, many Tottenham fans are worried that their campaign is going to end with a whimper, but Redknapp disagrees and claims expectations have risen to astronomical levels since the start of the season.
"People forget where Tottenham should be at times," Redknapp said.
"They have won two League Cups since 1991, the average finishing position until four or five years ago was probably about 10th.
"We were in a fantastic position and ended up losing points and Arsenal have been on a great run and picked up win after win and that's what has changed.
"If we'd come from nowhere and suddenly moved into fourth, we'd all be going, 'great'. But I'd have taken this position at the start of the year for sure."