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Redknapp identifies where Tottenham have the edge over rivals

By Dominic Toner

Harry Redknapp believes that Tottenham have a better defence than their title rivals.

The ex-Spurs manager thinks that his former side have better defensive options than Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Mauricio Pochettino’s backline has a familiar feel about it, with Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld the first-choice selection, but the latter is currently sidelined through injury.

France international Hugo Lloris is the number one goalkeeper behind them and they have become one of the most resilient defences in the Premier League.

Redknapp was discussing whether he would prefer Spurs or Chelsea players in his team and claimed the north London club have the best defence in the league.

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“Moses has come in at wing-back [for Chelsea] and done excellent, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t pick him in front of Kyle Walker,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “I’d take Walker all day long.

“Danny Rose I think is fantastic, he has improved and come on a bundle, so I wouldn’t be swapping him. The two centre halves – Vertonghen and Alderweireld – aren’t too shabby either. That is probably the best back five – with the ‘keeper – out of the top six teams.”

Spurs are currently fifth-placed in the league table following a 2-1 defeat to league leaders and are seven points adrift of the top.

Pochettino’s side are still regarded as title contenders alongside a struggling United side and their defence will be key if they are to be successful this season.

The north London club have conceded just 10 goals from their opening 13 league games and that is joint-best record alongside Chelsea.

Spurs have looked vulnerable without centre-back Alderweireld and his cover Eric Dier is struggling in that position.

The back five were all regulars last season and Spurs challenged for the title before dropping away in the latter stages to finish third.

Lloris has established himself as one of the league’s best goalkeepers and England pairing Rose and Walker offer phenomenal pace and energy in the full-back positions.

Belgian international team-mates Alderweireld and Vertonghen have also struck up a formidable partnership at centre-back and will be crucial if the club are to challenge for the title this season.

In other Tottenham news, Harry Kane has shared the impact of the club’s defeat to Chelsea.