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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp tempers joy with realism

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Redknapp shocked by 'crazy' Gattuso

Harry Redknapp revelled in Tottenham's 1-0 win at AC Milan but warned against the north Londoners taking their Champions League progress for granted.

Peter Crouch's goal has given Spurs the edge for the second leg of the last-16 tie at White Hart Lane on 9 March.

Spurs boss Redknapp said: "It was a great night, a fantastic performance."

But he added: "We've done half the job. We know they're dangerous. We have the advantage but it's half-time. It's still all to play for."

Crouch stroked in the winner in the 80th minute after a pass by Aaron Lennon to earn the Premier League side victory over the Serie A leaders.

Although the north Londoners had the better of the game, two vital saves from goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes had kept them on level terms before Crouch struck.

"They did exactly what we asked of them. We got a great result, exactly what we deserved," Redknapp, 63, added.

With French referee Stephane Lannoy disallowing Zlatan Ibrahimovic's last-minute strike, the visitors' resolute defending at the San Siro paid off.

"It was a great game of football, I thought we deserved the win in the end. I thought we limited them to not many chances and I think we were the better side. It's a fantastic achievement," match-winner Crouch reflected.

Qualification is still open, we will go to England with a lot of faith

Massimiliano Allegri

Some of the gloss was taken off Tottenham's win because of a touchline bust-up between Spurs assistant manager Joe Jordan and Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso.

The pair had clashed during the game on the touchline during a bad-tempered second half in which Mathieu Flamini escaped with a only booking for a two-footed challenge on Vedran Corluka that resulted in the Croatia defender being carried off on a stretcher.

And, at full-time, Gattuso, 33, squared up to Jordan and head-butted the 59-year-old Scot.

Gattuso, who has since apologised, will be out of the return leg after picking up a yellow card during the game but AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri still holds out hope his side can overturn the deficit.

"We have to play a different game in the second leg," Allegri commented.

"Qualification is still open, we will go to England with a lot of faith."



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