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Harry Redknapp hails Spurs achievement

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp (right) congratulates Gareth Bale after taking the winger off in the win over Werder Bremen
Bale (left) put in another impressive performance for Redknapp

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp praised the quality of his players after his team reached the Champions League last 16 at their first attempt.

Spurs beat Werder Bremen 3-0 to progress to the knockout stages in their debut season in the competition.

"I thought if we could get out the group it would be a great achievement for us," said Redknapp.

"We have to keep going. We've got players here that can play in any team. We have got some outstanding players."

He added: "Gareth Bale could play anywhere along with Luka Modric and there are a few of them."

Younes Kaboul, Modric and Peter Crouch each scored in a comfortable win over German side Bremen as Tottenham made it to the next phase of the Champions League with a game to spare.

Redknapp targets Group A top spot

The victory added to home wins over FC Twente and a memorable one over reigning Champions League holders Inter Milan, with Spurs negotiating their way through a tough group in impressive fashion.

The White Hart Lane outfit could top Group A if they beat Twente in the Netherlands in their final game, and Redknapp revealed he will not change his team's attacking style.

"We've given teams problems with the way we play," he added. "We are open and we play an open game, but that's when we're at our most dangerous. You can't have it all."

Redknapp stressed he was keen to beat Twente in order to avoid some of Europe's biggest names in the knockout stages.

"Hopefully now we can get a result at Twente," he stated.

"That would be good because finishing top of the group is a big advantage, looking at the other groups.

"There are some good teams in this competition: the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona. I want to win the next match and go as far as we can."

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Not for the first time in recent weeks, Redknapp also praised the performance of Bale, who more than made up for a missed penalty with a scintillating performance.

"Some of the stuff Gareth did was amazing," opined Redknapp.

"Some of the crosses he put in on the run were amazing. It was a bit like when we played Inter with their right-back.

"We had reports about how good Bremen's right-back was, how he likes to get forward and trouble people, but Gareth gave him a torrid time again."

The only blow for Redknapp on the night was seeing midfielder Jermaine Jenas limp off after 20 minutes with an ankle injury, making him doubtful for Saturday's Premier League match against Liverpool.

"JJ felt his calf tighten up," Redknapp explained.

"He felt suddenly as if something had gone. He'll go for a scan in the morning. He may have caught it in time. It's a shame because he has been playing well."

Of Rafael van der Vaart, who missed the match, Redknapp added: "I don't know if Rafa will be fit for the weekend.

"He has a little tear so he's doubtful, for sure."



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