Harry Redknapp admitted we needed a 'miracle' performance to stop Real Madrid after going down to 10 men so early in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, first leg at the Bernabeu.
Madrid capitalised on the man advantage to take a 4-0 lead in the tie with the second leg at the Lane next Wednesday, April 13.
The team lost Aaron Lennon to a late withdrawal through illness, conceded an early goal to Emmanuel Adebayor and then lost Peter Crouch to a red card for two bookings with only 15 minutes on the clock.
The 10 men held on bravely and kept it at 1-0 until the 57th minute when Adebayor headed home his second goal.
The home side dominated the final half-hour and boosted their advantage with fine strikes from Angel Di Maria and Ronaldo.
"I knew it would be a difficult night here but to come here and lose a player after 15 minutes made it impossible for us really," reflected Harry at the Bernabeu.
"It was a case then of trying to hang on as best we could. Even at 2-0 you thought 'let's get out of here at 2-0 and we've achieved a miracle' but we ran out of legs in the end.
"I thought we did fantastic with 10 men in the first half. I thought it was an unbelievable performance to keep it at 1-0 after conceding such an early goal and playing with 10 men.
"We had a couple of opportunities on the break as well but we ran out of steam.
"And what can you do about that third goal (Di Maria's 20-yard shot into top corner). It was an unbelievable finish. They have quality players and you have to have 11 players to have any chance of being at your best to get a result."
Harry said the lads will give everything in the return leg at the Lane. "It couldn't be more difficult than being 4-0 down against Real Madrid but we're at home and we'll give it a go.
"It's not over until it's over but we have a mountain to climb, no doubts about that."