Blasted for lacking class, Benfica boss now wants Tottenham truce

Benfica

Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood was outraged by Jorge Jesus last week but the latter now wants to make up.

Benfica are a Portuguese Liga side with an illustrious history - they have been champions of their country 32 times, are two-time European Cup winners, two-time UEFA Cup/Europa League winners, once bragged the all-time great Eusebio within their roster and have a 65,000 capacity stadium.

They are, as Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood acknowledged last week after witnessing his Spurs slump to a 3-1 loss at White Hart Lane in the first leg of their Europa League tussle, a "classy club", however, that does not extend to their manager Jorge Jesus, whom Sherwood clashed with on the touchline.

He said at the time, as quoted by the Daily Mail: "Waving goodbye like that [with three fingers]? It lacks class. Why would anyone do that? He’s got a good side, of course he has but [he is] not for me, thank you. I have no intention of speaking to him."

Spurs take on Benfica in the return leg at the Estadio da Luz later today, Thursday, as they hope to overturn the two-goal deficit and Jesus has attempted to bury the hatchet.

"These moments happen between coaches but always with respect," said Jesus at a press conference.

"I did not make any obsence gesture toward the Tottenham manager so I respect him. It's true I gestured to him when we were winning 3-0 but it was not anything more than that."

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