Spurs start thrilled Jenas

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Jermaine Jenas has hailed Tottenham's first-half performance in their Champions League Group A opener at Werder Bremen as the best of his five years at the club.

Midfielder Jenas helped Spurs romp to a 2-0 lead at the Weserstadion on Tuesday night and watched them squander further chances to kill the game before Bremen came roaring back to equalise in a crazy four-minute spell either side of half-time.

Although "disappointed" with the outcome, Jenas said: "In the Champions League, to come to a place like this - which is a tough place to come - and keep them quiet and put in such a performance was probably the best 43 minutes I've seen at Tottenham since I've been here."

Jenas was a surprise starter, making just his second appearance of the season following a summer that saw him repeatedly linked with a move away from White Hart Lane.

The 27-year-old more than justified his recall in place of the injured Luka Modric in what was the 50th European match of his career.

Indeed, Jenas produced one of the passes of the season to help set up Spurs' second goal, volleying a defensive clearance out to Rafael van der Vaart on the left and giving the Dutchman all the time he needed to cross for Peter Crouch to head home.

"I knew where Rafa was, the ball was coming down to me and it was just an instinct," Jenas said. "I saw it, I hit it, and - thankfully - it worked out well for us."

Despite continuing to dominate, that was as good as it got for Tottenham, who loosened their stranglehold on the game at just the wrong moment.

"It's the timing of goals as well that makes the difference," said Jenas. "That one they got late in the first half, when they came out, they were raring to go.

"Unfortunately, we probably fell asleep in the first couple of minutes. But we pulled it back together, showed some experience, and we had a few chances ourselves in the end."

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