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Tuesday February 15 2011
Van Der Vaart expects open game

Tottenham playmaker Rafael Van Der Vaart expects tonight's Champions League encounter with Milan to be a "very open game."

The 28-year-old Holland international is doubtful to start at San Siro and faces a late fitness test for the first leg of this second round match.

Interviewed in La Gazzetta dell Sport, he said: "It's a very open game but we have beaten Inter and know that we can also beat Milan.

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Tuesday February 15 2011
Redknapp: 'Spurs must have-a-go'

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists his side must have-a-go when they face Milan in the first leg of their Champions League second round match.

Spurs have already paid a visit to San Siro this season and where unlucky to lose 4-3 against Inter after mounting a second half comeback inspired by Gareth Bale.

"We are going to give it a right go," Redknapp said. "We have not got the players to come here and shut up shop - we are an attacking team and that is how I like it.

"I don't want to concede bags of goals like last time.

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Tuesday February 15 2011
Van Der Vaart fit to face Milan

Tottenham midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart has been passed fit to face Milan in the first leg of tonight's Champions League knock out tie.

The Holland international was absent from Spurs' 2-1 win against Sunderland on Saturday after picking up a calf strain.

It eases Harry Redknapp's injury worries ahead of Tottenham's second trip to San Siro this season, the first being a 4-3 defeat to Inter in the group stages.

Tottenham will be without Luka Modric and perhaps even more importantly star winger Gareth Bale.

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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.

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Tuesday February 15 2011
Line-ups: Robinho-Ibra face Spurs

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Clarence Seedorf start as a decimated Milan welcome Tottenham without Gareth Bale in the Champions League.

The Round of 16 kicks off this evening at 19.45 UK time at San Siro, but January signings Antonio Cassano, Mark Van Bommel and Urby Emanuelson are cup-tied.

On the treatment table are Massimo Ambrosini, Andrea Pirlo and Kevin-Prince Boateng, so Thiago Silva has to be pushed up into midfield.

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Tuesday February 15 2011
Allegri: 'Defeat was undeserved'

Massimiliano Allegri insists Milan's 1-0 home defeat to Tottenham was “undeserved and qualification is still wide open.”

The Rossoneri have a mountain to climb in order to reach the Champions League quarter-finals after Peter Crouch scored the only goal at San Siro.

“We are paying the price for the mistake we made on the counter-attack,” said the Coach on Sky Sport Italia.

“We were looking for the goal against Tottenham, who defended very well and it was difficult to find space.

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Tuesday February 15 2011
Yepes regrets Milan opportunities

Mario Yepes can't help but feel regret at his two great chances to score for Milan and explains why he “had to back off Aaron Lennon.”

The Colombian defender had a strong game and the Rossoneri's best opportunities, but Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes performed two stunning saves.

“Gomes did really well on my two headers and we ran into an excellent goalkeeper having a great night,” he said of the 1-0 home defeat.

“If we had scored in either of those occasions, then the whole game would've changed.

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Tuesday February 15 2011
Flamini: 'I apologised to Corluka'

Mathieu Flamini reveals he “went to the Tottenham locker room to apologise” to Vedran Corluka.

The Milan midfielder was fortunate not to be sent off for that two-footed tackle that forced Corluka off on a stretcher in the 1-0 home defeat.

“I went to the Tottenham locker room to check on Corluka's condition and to apologise,” ex-Arsenal man Flamini told Sky Sport Italia.

“It's a shame about the defeat, as we played a good second half. Now we'll have to go to London and win the game.

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Tuesday February 15 2011
Redknapp: 'Flamini is a disgrace'

Harry Redknapp felt it was “a great night for Spurs” at San Siro, but blasted Mathieu Flamini. “It's an absolute disgrace.”

Tottenham came away from Milan with a 1-0 victory in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie.

“I said at half time we had to keep giving the ball to Aaron Lennon because he really had the beating of the left back all day,” the manager told Sky Sports 2.

“We had to keep trying to get him on the ball as much as possible, but the back four stood firm.

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Tuesday February 15 2011
Amelia: 'Milan are still in this'

Marco Amelia had to come off the bench against Tottenham. “We're upset, but at the same time aware we're still in this.”

Milan lost their goalkeeper during the opening minutes when Christian Abbiati accidentally knocked the back of his head on Peter Crouch's elbow, giving him concussion.

Amelia was the substitute and picked the ball out of the net when Aaron Lennon set up Crouch for the 1-0 win at San Siro.

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