NEWS
Friday December 17 2010
Allegri pleased with Tottenham draw

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri appears to be happy with his side being drawn against Tottenham in the Last 16 of the Champions League.

The Rossoneri currently sit top of Serie A, but remain cautious of Spurs given they took three points off Inter in the group stages.

"They are a good side, but seeing the other teams that we could have also drawn, it was one of the less hostile on paper," Allegri said.

"I am happy with the draw. We are going to London and it's always a pleasure to play against the English.

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BLOG ITALIA
Saturday November 6 2010
Paper champions?

After midweek humiliation do Inter bounce back or do we have to re-evaluate their status as European champions? Steve Wilson considers the issue

Inter ARE the European champions. That is unquestionable. It says it in the record books, it says it on the trophy. However, after this week's Champions League result their status suddenly seems a little tainted, they don't seem like champions. How many other Champions League winners have looked so tame in their defence? If you ask yourself who the best team in Europe is, do Inter really spring to mind first?

NEWS
Friday November 5 2010
Bale is like a Ferrari, says Benitez

Inter Coach Rafa Benitez has likened Tottenham wing-back Gareth Bale to a Ferrari while comparing his defenders to Volvos.

The Wales international once again ripped Inter apart, this time at White Hart Lane, inspiring Spurs to a historic 3-1 victory.

"We have played many times against Bale," Benitez said. "We know that he is quick and difficult to mark.

"It's not a question of the wide players covering him, but the problem was that we were losing.

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NEWS
Thursday November 4 2010
Moratti cautions Rafa after Spurs loss

Inter President Massimo Moratti has let Rafael Benitez know that he was unimpressed with Tuesday's heavy defeat to Tottenham in the Champions League.

The holders lost 3-1 and once again showed they couldn't stop Welsh wing-back Gareth Bale who once again ran riot.

"We lacked play and character," Moratti said. "It's not that we need to react with severity every time these things happen, but if anything we need to take it into account and understand that we can't reach our objectives like this.

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NEWS
Tuesday November 2 2010
Benitez won't underestimate Spurs

Inter boss Rafa Benitez believes tonight's game against Tottenham in the Champions League could have a crucial bearing on his side's season.

The European champions travel to White Hart Lane with an opportunity to qualify for the next round of the competition with two games to spare.

"Winning this game would be very important and the players know it," Benitez said.

"We know what we must do to manage it, even if I had the sensation that when Tottenham faced Manchester United on Saturday they were already thinking about us."

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NEWS
Tuesday November 2 2010
Line-ups: Pandev faces Spurs

Inter have a revamped squad for their clash with Tottenham, as Goran Pandev and Jonathan Biabiany (pictured) support Samuel Eto'o.

The Nerazzurri have an injury crisis on their hands for tonight's trip to White Hart Lane.

Julio Cesar and Esteban Cambiasso suffered thigh strains during Friday night's 1-0 win away to Genoa, joining Dejan Stankovic on the treatment table.

Therefore Luca Castellazzi takes the gloves with Sulley Ali Muntari given a rare midfield start.

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Tuesday November 2 2010
Benitez: 'Why I picked starting XI'

Rafa Benitez explained his picks before the Champions League match with Tottenham. “Jonathan Biabiany has more pace than Coutinho.”

The Inter Coach spoke to Sky Italia television just before kick-off at White Hart Lane.

“Tottenham play very fast football. They have a lot of options and quality in the middle of the park thanks to players like Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric.”

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Tuesday November 2 2010
Redknapp: 'A night to remember'

Harry Redknapp hailed the Spurs victory over European champions Inter as “a night we will always remember.”

Tottenham had already threatened an upset in their 4-3 defeat at San Siro, but emerged with a 3-1 victory at White Hart Lane.

“That was a fantastic night's football from first to last,” he told Sky Sports. “We pressed them, we worked them, we out-played them, we created all the chances. It was an amazing performance from every single one of them.

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Tuesday November 2 2010
Benitez stands up for Maicon

Rafa Benitez admits Inter have “a few problems to resolve. Spurs were simply stronger and faster,” but he stood up for Douglas Maicon.

The Nerazzurri were beaten 3-1 at White Hart Lane and once again Gareth Bale ran riot against Maicon.

“Spurs were simply physically stronger and faster. This made the difference every time we lost the ball on their rapid counter-attacks,” the Coach told Sky Italia television.

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Tuesday November 2 2010
Cudicini: 'Bale can trouble anyone'

Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini hailed teammate Gareth Bale. “He can trouble anyone.”

The shot-stopper had to step in for the suspended Heurelho Gomes and was only beaten by Samuel Eto'o in the 3-1 victory.

“My save on Wesley Sneijder was important so we could go into the break 1-0 up,” he told Sky Italia television.

“Then the team put in a good performance in the second half and the third goal helped us relax.

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