Jenas salutes superb start
Jermaine Jenas believes Tottenham's first-half display against Werder Bremen was exceptional.
Last Updated: 15/09/10 4:24pm
Jermaine Jenas believes Tottenham's first-half display against Werder Bremen was the best they have played during his time at the club.
Spurs made a dream start to their UEFA Champions League Group A opener, storming into a 2-0 lead thanks to an own goal and a Peter Crouch header.
Harry Redknapp's men appeared to be in a dominant position but conceded just before half-time and were then pegged back to 2-2 by the final whistle.
Jenas was disappointed with the draw but believes the performance during the opening part of the game was exceptional.
He said: "In the Champions League, to come to a place like this - which is a tough place to come - and keep them quiet and put in such a performance was probably the best 43 minutes I've seen at Tottenham since I've been here."
Reflecting on the final outcome, Jenas added: "It's the timing of goals as well that makes the difference.
"That one they got late in the first half, when they came out, they were raring to go."
Spurs were captained by Ledley King at the Weserstadion and the defender admits it was a special moment to lead his side out in the Champions League.
He told Spurs TV Online: "Very proud. I've been wanting to play at this level for a long time and I'm glad it's finally here.
"But there's no time for me to get all sentimental!
"It's another game; it's at the top level - which we want to be playing at - and it's up to us to go and show what we can do."
He added: "We played brilliantly in that first half. The only disappointment was the goal we conceded just before half-time.
"If you're 2-0 up, you're going to be disappointed if you don't win the game."
Former Tottenham player Milenko Acimovic, meanwhile, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 33.
Midfielder Acimovic, who made 17 appearances for the club during a two-year spell, had most recently been playing with Austria Vienna.
But he has struggled with knee problems for some time and has now been forced to hang up his boots.