Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at Chelsea and Manchester City by insisting his club have put themselves in the title race the right way rather than breaking the bank.
When Redknapp took charge in 2008, Spurs were bottom of the Premier League table with two points from eight games - and the former West Ham, Portsmouth and Southampton manager has transformed their fortunes.
Spurs now sit in third place in the table, three points behind leaders Manchester City who they play next weekend, and look certain to qualify for the Champions League for the second time in three seasons.
Redknapp told The Sun: "City are where they are because of Sheikh Mansour and Chelsea thanks to Roman Abramovich. We have not done it that way and it makes me proud. You don't have to go out and spend fortunes to find good players.
"Spurs are not third in the Premier League because someone has walked through the door at White Hart Lane and slapped a bundle of money on my desk. City can pay players £200,000 a week, it's unbelievable. The people running Spurs have invested wisely.
"Some of the players we brought in raised eyebrows, like Younes Kaboul, but he's made excellent progress. Hopefully it is coming together now.''
City assistant manager David Platt had words of praise for Redknapp and his Spurs team.
"Harry has a right to be proud at what he has done,'' he said. "He should still be proud if he finishes second and he is a point behind us. Tottenham have been at the party for a long time and I am glad that everyone else is seeing it.
"They have had a tremendous season and have 18 games left, like us and Manchester United, where they can amass enough points to win the league. The feeling is that they have been under the radar for a little bit. Maybe we are living with the City-United rivalry in Manchester and in London it is a different thing. But we should all be aware they are genuine title contenders.''