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Tottenham Hotspur can match the best in Europe, says Jermaine Jenas

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 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 was thrilled with the visitors' early onslaught in what was their first ever match in the competition proper.

He 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.”

Captain Ledley King said: “Very proud. I've been wanting to play at this level for a long time and I'm glad it's finally here.

“But there's no time for me to get all sentimental!

“It's another game; it's at the top level — which we want to be playing at — and it's up to us to go and show what we can do.”

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