Date: 21st January 2012 at 12:27pm
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Harold Redknapp has talked City with regularity to different critical degrees since His Highness Sheikh Mansour came to town. This week he’s been giving it both barrels…

The gloves are now well and truly off for this weekend’s fixture following the Spurs manager’s various comments this week.

Some of his more noteworthy statements have been directed at City manager Roberto Mancini. The Italian, adored throughout Manchester, who secured the club’s first trophy in 35 years and direct qualification to the Champions League both inside 17 months clearly isn’t rated by the Spurs gaffer, who at one stage suggested to a hack at Chigwell that he could manage Manchester City, it’s that easy:

‘To be honest you have got a chance of winning the league with their money. I’d fancy anyone to manage them. It’s a different game when you go and buy players and pay your players £250,000 a week.

‘…I’d fancy you to manage them…you’d have a chance, wouldn’t you? It is not rocket science this game. Good players give you a chance. If you have not got good players you don’t have a chance, I don’t care who you are. I might be knocking my own job or whatever but if I have not got Gareth Bale, I am not half as clever.’

Then there’s Mancio’s recent card waving gestures following another round of pisspoor refereeing:

‘I don’t like it. I wouldn’t do it. I don’t think there is any need for it. He has done a great job there and when I have met him I have found him a really good guy…’

Woe betide Mancio doing similar on Sunday because Redknapp has an ex-rag lined up:

‘…I would set Joe Jordan on him!’

Redknapp then turned his attention to City strikers. The on loan Emmanuel Adebayor, whom Spurs and City both share the weekly wage bill of and the on strike Carlos Tévez:

‘We don’t pay the wages they pay. We haven’t got the players. We have one of their players here but we pay him probably a third of what he earns there.

‘If I could go and buy Carlos Tévez today – you ain’t got to be a genius really have you? You guys follow football. You sit there and watch Spanish football. When people started talking last year about Tottenham bidding for Sergio Aguero I thought ‘What a load of nonsense.’ How can we afford Aguero? We aren’t going to pay £250,000 a week to a player, it’s not possible.’

Finally, the football:

‘City are not invincible. We have got players who can hurt them and we are going up there with a winning attitude. We can go there, play really well and they will know they’ve had a game. I wouldn’t want to go and sit back, we’ve got people who can hurt them. We want to go there and come away with a result.’

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all times East Manchester
Su 22 Jan 13:30 Spurs, The Etihad, PL
We 25 Jan 19:45 Liverpool, Anfield, LCSF2
Tu 31 Jan 20:00 Everton, Goodison Park, PL
Sa 04 Feb 17:30 Fulham, The Etihad, PL
Su 12 Feb 16:00 Aston Villa, Villa Park, PL
Th 16 Feb 20:05 Porto, Estádio do Dragão, ELR32
We 22 Feb 20:05 Porto, The Etihad, ELR32
Sa 25 Feb 17:30 Blackburn, The Etihad, PL