Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has refused to criticise goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes after his error against Real Madrid.
A relatively tame shot from Cristiano Ronaldo squirmed through the hands of Gomes as Real claimed a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane in the second-leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash to progress 5-0 on aggregate.
But Redknapp refused to apportion blame onto the keeper.
“It was a mistake and it was a disappointing goal to concede but I’m not about to start blaming the keeper as he has been great for me ever since I took over as manager,” said Redknapp.
“Gomes made a rare mistake but that is how it goes.
“He has made fantastic saves for us that he has had no right to make at times this season. I have no complaints.”
Redknapp thinks Spurs were denied a couple of clear penalties, one coming as Luka Modric was bundled over by Xabi Alonso.
“It was definitely a foul on Modric but sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t,” he said.
“Sometimes I am left wondering what the official behind the goal is supposed to be doing.”
The Spurs boss feels that Real will have a battle on their hands if they are to come rivals Barcelona in the semi-finals.
“Barca are the best team I’ve seen in the last 30 years. I don’t think there is anyone out there who can touch them,” he concluded.