Spurs all but booked their passage into the group stages of the Europa League with a display that left Harry Redknapp declaring it as the best he’d seen Tottenham play.
Goals from VDV, Defoe, Livermore, Bale and Lennon sealed an emphatic 5-0 win on the night and barring a miracle, Tottenham’s name will be in the draw after next week’s return leg.
“We started the game so well, we moved the ball around fantastic in that first half,” said Harry. “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.
“The football in that first half, I just enjoyed watching us play. It was excellent.”
Redknapp gave the home side credit for giving it a go at the start of the second half but overall he seemed surprised that we weren’t given a tougher game.
“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.
“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.”
Spurs now travel to Manchester United on Monday for the first Premier League game of the season, before hosting Hearts in the return next Thursday.