Harry Redknapp insists our performances and results prove we can compete at the top of the Premier League.
Title-favourites Manchester United went back to the summit on goal difference from City after Sunday’s goalless draw at the Lane.
But they were made to fight all the way to preserve their unbeaten record – 21 matches now this season and stretching back to last April – as we piled on the pressure in the second half.
Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and the rest of United’s defence held firm and Rafa van der Vaart was a whisker away from that goal-den goal 10 minutes from time.
The draw means we’ve won one, drawn three and lost just one of our battles against the other four teams fighting for the title and Champions League positions this season. We also had the better of draws against City and United at the Lane.
Asked what the draw against United told him about the current state of play, Harry replied: “It makes me realise we’re not a million miles behind these teams, we can’t be.
“We went to Arsenal and won. We played Chelsea the other week and there was nothing between the two teams. It was the same against United and we battered City here in the first game of the season and drew.
“We have to believe we’re not inferior to any of them. We’re getting closer and closer and there isn’t a lot in it anymore.
“The top five is a lot closer and we’re one of those teams. When you have players like Modric, Bale, van der Vaart and all these good players, we’ve got to be up there.
“Anyone taking points of United is going well. No-one has beaten them this season and maybe no-one will beat them, it will be hard for them to go unbeaten, but it’s not impossible.
“So any point you take off them is a good point. They’ve had the Indian sign over Tottenham for a few years but I think the two teams are closer now.
“We haven’t caught them, for sure, but we’re getting closer and if we can keep getting closer each year, who knows?”