TOTTENHAM edged into the Champions League quarter-final with a 0-0 draw against AC Milan, but it wasn’t good for their boss Harry Redknapp’s heart.
Their 1-0 first-leg win at the San Siro was enough to see the Londoners into the last eight as AC failed to break their defiant resistance at White Hart Lane.
It was a nervy evening Redknapp.
“I enjoyed the occasion but I couldn’t say I enjoyed the 90 minutes,” he said.
“You’re looking at that clock and you want that 90 minutes to be up because it’s a great achievement for this club to be in the last eight of the Champions League.
“It’s amazing what the players have done. If people can’t enjoy and appreciate this tonight then they shouldn’t be involved in football.
“It’s a great night for the players, a great night for the fans and for everyone. I’m delighted. It was hard work tonight. They’re a good side, a great club with great tradition.
“You could see that tonight, they played (Clarence) Seedorf and people like that. It was difficult to get near Pato. They’ve got fantastic ability in their team.
“But we worked our socks off and we stayed with them.
“It’s a difficult situation when you come home and you’ve got that one-goal lead. It’s not like you go for broke. You’re always aware you want to hang onto that lead. It was very difficult.
“We got outnumbered in the middle of the park. They had extra men in there and made it difficult for us to get near them.”
Redknapp admitted the thought of facing Barcelona, possible quarter-final opponents after they beat Spurs’ north London rivals Arsenal last night, was a daunting one.
“I thought last night was one of the finest performances I’ve ever seen,” he said. “They were amazing.
“They made a side like Arsenal, who play in our league every week and pass teams to death, they made them almost look out of their depth.
“They’re the team you don’t want to play at the moment, but whoever comes it’s great to be in the last eight.”