Benfica v Tottenham: Jorge Jesus unrepentant after showing 'no class' to Tim Sherwood

The Spurs manager was furious with the antics of his opposite number during the first-leg

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Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood last week accused Jorge Jesus of lacking respect, but the Benfica manager insists it is “water under the bridge” ahead of the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

Benfica inflicted Spurs' largest ever European defeat at White Hart Lane last week, running out comfortable 3-1 victors courtesy of a Luisao brace and a Rodrigo strike.

However, that impressive performance was somewhat overshadowed by a quarrel between Sherwood and Jesus that rumbled on throughout a match, and which led them not to shake hands at the end.

Sherwood was particularly antagonised by the Portuguese showing him three fingers after Luisao made it 3-1, yet the Benfica boss remains unrepentant.

"We won't run away from the question, it happened," Jesus said. "It is normal as the benches were close together.

"A lot of coaches in England have similar problems and I did not disrespect the coach.

"Other coaches have had similar problems like Ferguson, Mancini and Pellegrini. It is normal because the benches are too close together.

"What is important here is that we're not going to start trying to get in more problems, it is water under the bridge.

"We had a good game in London and we want to do another one here."