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Encounter with Tottenham's Sherwood 'water under the bridge' for Benfica's Jesus

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus is hoping to put last week's incident behind him when the Portuguese club meet Tottenham tomorrow night.

The Eagles boss waved three fingers at Spurs counterpart Tim Sherwood when his side scored a third goal in the 3-1 Europa League Round of 16 win over the north London club last Thursday which infuriated his opposing manager.

Sherwood took offence to the gesture and has spoken publicly about it on a couple of occasions since but Jesus was looking to forget the altercation when the two clubs meet at Estadio da Luz in the return bout tomorrow night.

"We won't run away from the question, it happened," he said. "It is normal, as the benches were close together.

"A lot of coaches in England have similar problems and I did not disrespect the coach.

"Other coaches have had similar problems like (Sir Alex) Ferguson, (Roberto) Mancini and (Manuel) Pellegrini. It is normal because the benches are too close together.

"What is important here is that we're not going to start trying to get in more problems. It is water under the bridge.

"We had a good game in London and we want to do another one here."

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