Madrid: Tottenham Hotspur coach Harry Redknapp admitted the early sending off of Peter Crouch had given his side an impossible task against nine-time European champions Real Madrid after losing 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.
Redknapp watched on as Crouch received bookings for reckless challenges on Sergio Ramos and Marcelo to receive his marching orders in the 15th minute and Real capitalised with three further goals to add to their fourth minute opener from Emmanuel Adebayor.
"I haven't spoken to (Peter) Crouch to be honest," said Redknapp. "I was disappointed. The last thing we needed to go down to ten men early in the game and that is what happened.