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The two managers clashed in the first leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday but the Englishman insists that he has no problem with Benfica or the club's players

By Greg Stobart in Lisbon

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood says that he has "no respect" for Benfica counterpart Jorge Jesus.

The duo had an altercation during Thursday's Europa League last-16 first leg at White Hart Lane, when Jesus appeared to display three fingers in Sherwood's direction after the Portuguese side moved into a 3-1 lead.

And, despite his opposite number's assertions on Wednesday that he has no interest in reigniting the spat, Sherwood stands by his assessment ahead of the return game on Thursday.

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"I know exactly where he was coming from and I know what I saw," the Englishman told reporters. "I have got no respect for the man.

"I've got respect for the football club and I've got respect for his players. The club is a huge club and we've had a lot of emails from Benfica fans apologising for their manager's behaviour.

"At the end of the day, I will shake his hand because they are a giant of a club."

Two goals down going into the second leg, Sherwood may be left hoping for a miracle as injuries look set to hamper Spurs' chances of turning the tie around.

"We are struggling," he confessed. "We have a lot of injuries, unfortunately.We are going to have to leave a lot of bodies behind and go with a few kids.

"[Emmanuel] Adebayor will be missing as he has a hamstring problem. Younes Kaboul had the fitness test before the game at Arsenal and he just managed to crawl over the line so he won't be fit. So that's two very important players for us.

"Jan Vertonghen is obviously suspended so, in the centre-back area, we need to conjure up something.

"Paulinho is going to be struggling, he has pulled out of training [on Wednesday] with a calf problem. We are going to assess it."

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