Tottenham midfielder thankful to Harry Redknapp for Spurs success

November 7, 2011 by Margaret  
Filed under Sports News

Tottenham Hotspur show no signs of slowing down on the Premier League win front, with the north London side winning 3-1 at Fulham on Sunday which keeps them firmly in the hunt for a Champions League place this term.

Goals from Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe helped Spurs secure all three points at Craven Cottage, with Rafael Van Der Vaart having had another influential game and the Dutchman believes that he has Harry Redknapp to thank for his brilliant form.

“Harry has made me feel at home,” he told The People. “He loves to win and he always puts a lot of attacking players in the starting XI.

“I’ve lived in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Madrid and now London during my career – so I’ve been in the best cities. But London is good and the schools are great for my son Damian…so there is no reason to leave.”

He added: “Last season I thought maybe we could achieve more than breaking into the top four – but we played so many games and it was too much for us in the end.

“Now we have a chance to be in the top two or three but I think Manchester City, with the squad they have assembled and with their individual players, are too strong this year.

“Beyond that, we should have the same ambition as anyone. Of course Man United always have experience and know how to win but, apart from that, why not? We have a good team.

“I really have the feeling we can achieve something at Spurs.”

Van Der Vaart scored 15 goals during his first season with Tottenham and was a key figure in helping the team reach the Champions League quarter finals, with the player having scored in five consecutive Spurs matches before drawing a blank against Fulham.

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