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Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood: 'Players are on my side'

Tottenham Hotspur's English interim manager Tim Sherwood celebrates during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on December 22, 2013
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood insists that he still has the dressing room on side at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has insisted that his side's performance during their 2-2 draw with Benfica in the Europa League is proof that he has not lost the dressing room at White Hart Lane.

The Spurs boss publicly blasted his players following their 4-0 mauling by Chelsea earlier this month, but does not believe that his criticism has had a detrimental effect.

"People speculated, didn't they?" Sky Sports News quotes Sherwood as saying. "I read a lot of things saying now you need those players on your side.

"I think it's evident they're on my side and the side of the club. They fight for the cause and my little rant, if you want to call it one, has done them no harm.

"They have showed real character and real guts and they need to do that until the end of the season, because we've got some tough games ahead and I'm confident they will do that."

Spurs bowed out of the Europa League despite their draw with Benfica, having lost the first leg of the last-16 tie 3-1.

Benfica's Brazilian forward Rodrigo Lima celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 football match SL Benfica vs Tottenham Hotspur FC at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on March 20, 2014
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