Tottenham tonight completed their remarkable renaissance as a European force by producing a stunning display of attacking football to beat UEFA Champions League holders Inter Milan 3-1.
On a glory, glory night arguably not witnessed at White Hart Lane since Spurs last rubbed shoulders with the game's elite almost half a century earlier,
In what was a typically-breathless game, Tottenham were magnificent to a man, but
There were also other world-class displays from the likes of
Redknapp said: "Gareth was outstanding. No disrespects to the right-back Maicon, but he has given him a torrid time. It was amazing to see. The whole team was brilliant. We out-played them. We were the better team from start to finish.
"It was an outstanding performance - one of the great nights that the fans would have seen at White Hart Lane I would imagine. It was a pleasure to be part of it."
Rafael Benitez, Inter's coach, added: "When we scored I thought we were close. The team was growing and doing better. We were on top of them at this moment but the third goal changed everything."
The atmosphere as the game kicked-off was almost deafening and Tottenham responded by taking the initiative in a way they had completely failed to do in
But Inter were not to be intimidated and gave as good as they got in the opening 15 minutes which saw Eto'o flash a warning shot wide and Jonathan Biabiany almost put through after a lovely exchange. At the other end, Modric's finish was too close to stand-in goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi, while the final ball was also letting Spurs down.
That changed in spectacular fashion in the 18th minute when the rejuvenated Modric, who had been buzzing around dangerously, sold two beautiful dummies on the edge of the box to slide in
A frantic game then became manic, with Carlo Cudicini forced three times to race off his line, most tellingly to thwart Biabiany. When Bale skinned Maicon for a third time in the 25th minute, he produced a ball Crouch somehow contrived to slash wide from less than six yards. A brilliant break saw more desperate Inter defending clear
The visitors ended the half on top and
Half-time saw Spurs withdraw
Inter replaced the injured Sulley Muntari with debutant
Biabiany tried to respond for Inter before being withdrawn for Coutinho, while another new arrival,
A carnival atmosphere suddenly became twitchy with 11 minutes remaining when Eto'o rifled home from 20 yards. But, as in the San Siro, Bale was to have the final say, galloping forward on the break a minute from time and crossing for Pavlyuchenko to slot home.