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Joe impressed with progress

Joe Jordan believes we’re growing in stature as we progress in the Champions League.

Joe Jordan believes we’re growing in stature as we progress in the Champions League.

The team marched into the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition after a goalless draw against Italian giants AC Milan on Wednesday night.

That meant it finished 1-0 on aggregate after our magnificent performance and victory in the first leg at the San Siro.

As we all await the draw on Friday week, March 18, Joe spoke of the maturity the players demonstrated to overcome the current Serie A leaders and a team that has won the trophy seven times.

“Our performance in the San Siro showed real maturity,” said Joe, who played for Milan during his illustrious career. “We showed that Spurs as a team has added to what we didn’t have before.

“We’ve been tested a number of times in the competition and you can go back as far as Berne (Young Boys), when we were in dire straights but we got out of it and we learned from that.

“To go to a place like the San Siro against the league leaders of Italy and put in a performance like we did showed maturity, experience, knowledge and composure.

“We managed to score and that away goal was also a real boost. We didn’t know at that time that it would be the goal that would get us through the tie, but it was a big bonus.

“Back at White Hart Lane and we saw other qualities in the team and that’s something I’m sure everyone will be pleased about.

“We had to be resilient and you have to take into context that we were playing a team and a club that has won the competition seven times, as well as other numerous European and world trophies.

“AC Milan is a club that knows how to win games, knows how to come back and they showed that in their performance.

“It was a tense 90 minutes, a tough evening but that dig in, never-say-die attitude saw us through.

“That resilience is something you need not just to win a game like that, it’s what you have to do to get there in the first place.

“We kept two clean sheets against a team that is playing very well at the moment. Milan recently beat Juventus away and Napoli, who are just behind them in third in Serie A.

“The three strikers Robinho, Ibrahimovic and Pato, could grace any team in the world. So our back four especially will rightly be delighted that they’ve come up against a forward line like that and managed to keep them out.”

Watch the interview with Joe now on Spurs TV Online...