Redknapp hails Tottenham’s first Champions League triumph
HARRY Redknapp hailed the attacking prowess of his Spurs side after they notched their first ever group stage win in the Champions League.
Spurs saw off Dutch champions FC Twente 4-1 at White Hart Lane, with goals from Rafael van der Vaart, Gareth Bale and two penalties from Roman Pavlyuchenko.
The win puts Spurs into second place in Group A, level on points with reigning European champions Inter Milan, who they face in their next two games.
A delighted Redknapp said afterwards: “We picked an open team who went for it. We could have played with one up with Van der Vaart behind, but went for it and got four goals.
“It was a fantastic result. We won 4-1 so I picked the right team. It’s not a problem.
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“You pick different teams for different games. I felt we’d take a chance but there are certain games where you wouldn’t do that.
“It was a great night for us. It was a great atmosphere and we won the game. You can’t do much more than that.”
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Dutchman Van der Vaart experienced a curious night – missing a penalty, scoring the opening goal, and then being sent off, leaving Pavlyuchenko to take over the penalty-taking duty to good effect.
Van der Vaart will now miss the trip to the San Siro to face Inter on October 20, but Redknapp believes Spurs are well-placed in the group ahead of the double-header with the holders who come to White Hart Lane on November 2.
“It’s a win and we put it to bed until the next round when we go to Milan and play in what will be a very tough game against Inter,” added Redknapp.
“There’s still a long way to go and Twente [who Spurs face away in the final group game in December] are a good team.
“They showed enough against us to show they’re dangerous opposition. They have a great home record.”