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The Eagles coach has made it clear that he never lost faith in his side, while he had nothing but praise for their Premier League opponents

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus has stressed that Tottenham's late comeback in the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie did not worry him.

The Lisbon giants went 1-0 up early on via Ezequiel Garay after previously winning the first leg at White Hart Lane 3-1, but a Nacer Chadli double after the break somewhat surprisingly made it a tense encounter again.

Nevertheless, Jesus has insisted that he always remained confident Benfica would progress and was eventually vindicated when Lima made it 2-2 in the dying seconds of the game to prevail 5-3 on aggregate.

"I was never worried when we were losing 2-1, because even if they made it 3-1 it would only have gone to extra-time," the Eagles coach said at a press conference.

"I felt it could be decided in the very end, it was something natural and the players did well."

Jesus then went on to praise his opponents and stressed it was a massive result for Benfica.

"I knew what kind of team we were facing and I know Benfica have got a result against an excellent side," he reasoned.

"There were no surprises from the performance of Tottenham. I told my players before the game that Tottenham could beat us here and qualify, just like we did in London.

"I'm not saying anything new. I said before the game that Tottenham could do the same to us as we did in London. Tottenham have too much quality to be easily defeated."

Benfica will find out their opponent in the quarter-finals during Friday's draw in Nyon.

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