Tuesday February 15 2011
Ancelotti advises Milan on Spurs

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has given old club Milan advice on dealing with Tottenham. “They're tough, but have a poor defence.”

The former Rossoneri boss hopes his former club can avoid going out of the Champions League to an English side for the third season running.

“Milan have the advantage on home turf, but at White Hart Lane Tottenham can make anyone suffer,” Ancelotti told La Stampa newspaper.

“It depends on how Milan do in terms of tempo. Manchester United and Chelsea risked losing it there.

“Gareth Bale's absence is a bonus tonight, but it'll be real trouble when he returns for the second leg in London.

“Spurs have other tough players like Peter Crouch, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Luka Modric, while keep an eye on Aaron Lennon, as he is an old-style winger good in the one-on-one. Spurs are tough, but have a poor defence.”

Milan are top of the Serie A table and favourites for the Scudetto, but this is Massimiliano Allegri's first experience in the Champions League.

“My old players tell me Allegri reminds them of me. Up until Saturday Milan didn't seem at their best, but if they have rediscovered the solidity that allowed them to break away in the first place and have Zlatan Ibrahimovic's quality, then they can go far.”

Ancelotti hopes they won't progress too far in Europe, as he admits Chelsea are desperate for that trophy.

“It's a difficult moment, but Roman Abramovich does not only make his decisions based on results. He evaluates the work we do and we've got to do better in the Champions League.

“My future is not tied to what we'll do in Europe. It is our first objective, because they've never won it here, the Final is at Wembley and it seems improbable to catch Manchester United in the Premier League.

“I was in the same situation with Milan in 2007. Besides, I'm the guy who wins the Champions League every four years, so it's my go again!”

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