Harry Redknapp was full of praise for his five-star Tottenham Hotspur side, after they thrashed Hearts in the first leg of the Europa League play-off.

Having tasted the Champions League last season, Spurs weren't ready to take their Scottish opponents lightly and produced a stunning display to render the second leg at White Hart Lane all but meaningless.

Spurs were three-up within half an hour, Rafael Van der Vaart, Jermain Defoe and Jake Livermore all finishing off flowing moves from the visitors, before second half strikes from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon sealed the emphatic win, to the delight of Redknapp.

"We started the game so well, we moved the ball around fantastic in that first half," said Redknapp. "I'd say that's as good as I've seen us play to be honest.

"We passed the ball great. We played with a team with loads of ability and there was great movement everywhere.

"Hearts came out in the second half and gave it go, started stronger and brighter but we could have been four or five up at half-time. We had a couple of great chances to go even further in front.


"The football in that first half, I just enjoyed watching us play. It was excellent.

"I expected a really tough game here. We've seen them play and what an atmosphere. I mean, you heard the crowd before the game, they are fantastic supporters, they are amazing, they kept with their team all through the game, they were great. To win as we did in the end was fantastic."

Redknapp's side will now turn their attention to their Barclays Premier League opener against Manchester United on Monday, where the boss will hope to have more midfield options available to him.

The likes of Sandro, Luka Modric and Jermaine Jenas were all unavailable for Spurs, but according to assistant Kevin Bond, resources in the club's forward line could be on its way after the sale of Robbie Keane.

"From what I can gather I think we're trying to do the deal. It looks like he's [Emmanuel Adebayor] going to come in and replace Robbie Keane, and it would strengthen our squad if it's able to be done."

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