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The managers clashed on the touchline during the Portuguese side's 3-1 win in the Europa League first-leg clash at White Hart Lane as the visitors closed in on the quarter-finals

By Greg Stobart at White Hart Lane

Tim Sherwood has accused Benfica coach Jorge Jesus of lacking class following their touchline spat in a stormy Europa League clash at White Hart Lane on Thursday.

The Portuguese side beat Tottenham 3-1 in the first leg of the tie and the two coaches appeared to exchange words on several occasions during the match.

Sherwood accused Jesus of celebrating the third Benfica goal by raising three fingers and waving goodbye - and the Spurs boss refused to shake hands with his counterpart at the end of the game.

"I thought his team were very good and showed a lot of class," Sherwood said. "It's a shame he wasn't the same.

"He doesn't mind himself, does he? Waving goodbye like that lacks class. Why would anyone do that? Not for me, thank you.

"I have got no intention of speaking to him."

Two goals from Luisao and a Rodrigo strike have swung the tie firmly in Benfica's favour, and while Sherwood insists his side will try to win the return leg, he believes the Portuguese side carry a formidable offensive threat.

"We will have a go in the second leg but they were better than us," he continued. "They had a lot of attacking threat.

"It’s a blow. We have to hold our hands up and they were were better than us."

Jesus, however, dismissed the altercation as a simple "chat", telling SCI: "In Portugal the coaches are not used to being so close to one another. The first time I stepped in Tim Sherwood's area he called my attention to it and told me to leave.

"I did the same thing when he came into my space. We had a verbal chat but it was not anything special."

Jesus also claimed that he was holding up three fingers to signal the shirt number of Luisao - scorer of Benfica’s second and third goals - even though the centre-back wears number four, and suggested it is Sherwood's "problem" if he does not believe him.

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