I didn't disrespect Sherwood, insists Jesus

The Benfica coach has played down his touchline altercation with his Tottenham counterpart as the two sides prepare for Thursday's Uefa Europa League return fixture

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus insists he has moved on from his touchline spat with Tottenham's Tim Sherwood as they prepare to renew rivalries on Thursday.

Jesus' side eased to a 3-1 win in the first leg of their Uefa Europa League last-16 tie at White Hart Lane last week to give them a healthy advantage in Thursday's return match.

Their evening was somewhat marred by a heated dispute between Jesus and his counterpart on the Spurs bench after Benfica's third goal, but Jesus is adamant that the matter has been forgotten.

"It happened," Jesus said. "We won't run away from the question. It was a spur of the moment thing. I know what I felt but I want to keep it to myself. I never disrespected the coach. We're not going to get into more quarrels.

"But it is normal as the benches were close together. The coaches in England have similar problems. For the Portuguese coaches it is not normal to have those kinds of discussions or fight because the benches are very far apart."

Sherwood took exception to Jesus holding up three fingers after Luisao smashed in a third with five minute remaining, but Jesus has played down his act of provacation.

"I didn't make any gesture to Tim Sherwood when I showed my three fingers. I only said that I was winning 3-1. But the most important thing for me was the quality of our play.

"What is important here is that we're not going to start trying to get in more problems, it is water under the bridge."

Benfica are hoping to go one better in this year's competition after suffering final heartache at the hands of Chelsea last year.