Redknapp remains calm
Harry Redknapp does not want to get carried away by Tottenham's celebrations at reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.
Last Updated: 10/03/11 8:12am
Harry Redknapp does not want to get carried away by Tottenham's celebrations at reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
Spurs endured a nervy night against AC Milan on Wednesday as they battled to a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane, which was enough to progress 1-0 on aggregate from the last 16.
The progress into the quarter-finals means that 64-year-old Redknapp has become the first English manager to guide a club to the last eight of the Champions League.
But the ex-West Ham, Portsmouth and Southampton boss does not want to be swept along by the waves of jubilation that have accompanied Tottenham's European achievements.
Redknapp said: "I'm not getting too carried away.
"I'm just looking forward to getting home tonight and having a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich and taking the dogs out.
"It's a great night for Tottenham but we are not going to celebrate."
Redknapp has overseen an incredible turnaround in Tottenham's fortunes after guiding the club away from the bottom of the Premier League two-and-a-half years ago.
"This is an impossible dream that we have achieved so far," he said.
"Two years ago if you would have said that we would have made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, I would have thought you were crazy."
With Gareth Bale forced to start the game on the bench, other Spurs players, such as Brazil midfielder Sandro and goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, performed well, much to Redknapp's delight.
Milan had control of the game for much of the first half and Gomes had to be at his best to deny Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pato.
William Gallas also played a pivotal role, denying Robinho on the line when Gomes had strayed in a failed attempt to rob Pato of the ball in the first half.
Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri was disappointed to see his team fall at the last-16 stage and thinks they should have at least taken the tie to extra-time.
"We played a good game, all we could have expected," he said. "We didn't score and we got punished. It leaves a bitter taste."