Harry proud of display
Harry Redknapp declared himself proud of the team after Wednesday night's 1-0 loss against Real Madrid.
Harry Redknapp declared himself proud of the team after Wednesday night's 1-0 defeat against Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo's 50th-minute goal secured a 5-0 aggregate for the Spanish giants as our fantastic journey in the Champions League finally came to an end at the quarter-final stage.
Chasing 'mission impossible' to turn around a 4-0 deficit from last week's first leg at the Bernabeu, the lads gave everything but simply couldn't find the breakthrough.
Roman Pavlyuchenko was off target with a chance in either half, Jermain Defoe forced the save of the night from Iker Casillas and then struck the woodwork and we had four penalty appeals turned down. It just wasn't to be.
"I'm very proud of the players and the team, they gave everything," reflected Harry at the Lane.
"Let’s be honest, we needed a miracle against a very, very good team. Real Madrid are a top-class side, no doubt about that.
"I thought we played ever so well and it was a great game of football. We had some chances but couldn't get a goal. I felt we could have had one penalty in the first half, but that's how it goes. Overall, I was delighted.
"The first leg is obviously the one that cost us dearly. There is every chance they would have beaten us 11 against 11 in Madrid, but going down to 10 men so early made it an impossible task.
"This was an evenly-matched game though. We've played Real Madrid at White Hart Lane and it was a fantastic experience for everyone."