Rino Gattuso thinks this current Milan side is "incredible" and that it has more than honoured the name of the club.
The veteran midfielder scored a rare goal on Saturday night to inflict defeat on Juventus in Turin.
It ensured Milan maintained their five-point lead over Inter at the top of Serie A.
Speaking to the Milan Channel, Gattuso said: "Milan are not ready to win the Champions League.
"It seems like Milan haven't won anything. It seems that we are Longobarda, a little team.
"However, it's enough to walk into one of the rooms in Via Turati to see what Milan has been in recent years. It deserves respect.
"It will be very tough against Tottenham, but we are not top of Serie A by chance.
"We must go to London and try to do it.
"I am certain that we'll have a little extra anger for what happened at San Siro where we didn't deserve to lose.
"The lads could make me a present. They could put something extra in for me.
"This group is incredible, keeping Ibrahimovic at bay all week isn't easy.
"Ibra never shuts up. We have many champions and it becomes ever more difficult in training: no-one wants to lose, everyone says his bit and every now and again even the mister gets angry.
"Milan have history, we are not a little team," he concluded.