Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp lauded the performance of goalkeeper Joe Hart after his side drew 0-0 with Manchester City at White Hart Lane, but admitted that despite Spurs’ failure to find the net, he was delighted with their efforts.
“He [Joe Hart] was in great form,” Redknapp told Sky Sports, “and they’ve got two great keepers, and the young kid had a great day today.
“But we made so many chances first-half but just couldn’t beat him.
“You always get that feeling [that it will be one of those days], you do need that goal, and had we got the one goal first-half it’d been a different game.
“[A Spurs goal] would have opened the game up for us much more, but I couldn’t have asked any more.
“Some days you get what you want, but today I thought we were fantastic, but we just couldn’t get the extra two points.
“But the way we played, the intensity of our game, out passing, the way we moved the ball, the way we pressed them, I couldn’t have asked for more. We were fantastic.”
Reflecting on his side’s first-half dominance, the Spurs boss conceded that Roberto Mancini’s men made it hard in the second-half, as City looked to pack the midfield in an attempt to quell the home side’s advances.
“It was difficult to keep that up [momentum] second-half,” reflected Redknapp.
“They got more possession second-half than they did first-half and they overloaded a bit in midfield, lots of people coming to get around the ball, and it made it more difficult for us."
Nonetheless, the Spurs boss felt that he had seen enough at White Hart Lane to give him encouragement ahead of a long season, adding:“We’ve carried on where we left off last season and if we continue to play like that we’re going to be right up there again.”
Understandably, Spurs’ explosive pace began to subside as the match went on, and after slating his side’s heavy fixture schedule, the Tottenham boss couldn’t resist questioning the timing of the international frienlies once again.
“One or two of our players started to look a bit tired. When you have to play silly midweek friendlies it tires you about a bit,” Redknapp bemoaned.
“Luka Modric was absolutely [running] on empty at the end there, but he’s been away and played 90 minutes on Wednesday night, travelled back which doesn’t help us and we suddenly ran out of a bit of steam.
“But overall, it was a great performance from us.”
Redknapp will now prepare his side for their midweek Champions League qualifier against BSC Young Boys, and although he admits that the plastic pitch at the Stade de Suisse will be a new experience for his players, he remains confident that Tottenham will be good enough to secure a victory.
“We’re going to play on astorturf which will be different for us,” Redknapp admitted.
“It’s a different surface, and they [Young Boys] know how to play on it, but we’ve got good technical players so it shouldn’t be a problem for us.”