Tottenham Hotspur vs AC Milan (OFFICIAL MATCH THREAD)

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    I thought we could do with a new thread for this game.

    This is a massive game for us as we all know, one that I'm hoping we dont have a "deer in the headlights" type start like we did against Inter. We arent walking into a stadium/atmosphere that we havent seen before, only thing that has changed is the team were playing and hopefully Harry will have the lads ready for this one. I think there are two major battles to be won on Tuesday. First one, is our CBs with their front men and the second is breaking up their midfield play with our CM pairing. We are certainly going to be missing some our injured players, but so are they so if we truly come out from the start and play like we can then I think we can get a result against them. I also think their keeper is a weak link and we have to test him early and often.

    Injuries- Bale, Kaboul, King are all out, Jenas is suspended......havent heard the final word for Modric/VDV but I think both of them will play in this. VDV IMO will start and Modric will come off the bench, but well have to wait and see what happens in the next day or two as far as they go.

    The back 4 stays the same as Sunderland, I think both Gallas and Daws are the key for us shutting down Ibra and either Charlie or BAE will have to deal with either Robinho or Pato. The midfield is where this game will either be won or lost for us and I'd assume Harry would start Palacios but I'd rather see Sandro. It'll be a big occasion for either but I want to see Sandro get the start, with Jenas suspended I think Harry will either start Modric or play Pienaar next to our DM. Lennon and Niko down the wings and I really hope Lennon takes advantage of their RB I think a lot of our play will go through him, (hopefully our coaching staff have noted that between their RB and LB the latter is the weak link in their back 4). Rafa playing in behind Crouchie who I also think Harry will start over JD and Pav.

    Here's my XI to start, I think Harry will play Modric because Jenas is suspended for this so I really cant see him playing Sandro/Palacios only other CM options we have are Pienaar/Niko to play central which one would be playing CM and the other playing on the wing


    ---------------Gomes-----------------

    Charlie---Daws----Gallas----BAE

    Lennon---Sandro---Modric---Kranjcar

    -----------------VDV------------------

    ----------------Crouch----------------

    Subs: Cudicini, Hutton, Bassong, Palacios, Pienaar, Defoe, Pav
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    I'm praying (to a god I just invented) that Modders is fit enough. We're an entirley different team if he's off the field.
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    agreed, @rudi .

    And if he is remotely fit, I can't see Harry leaving him on the bench to come on as a sub.

    However, I agree with @spursman18 that Lennon will cause them the most problems, and if Modders isn't fit, then it will be on Niko to pick Lennon out in space against Oddo or Antonini.

    We may see less of the ball than in any match so far this year, which may be OK as long as we have an out man, and Lennon can keep them honest.

    Defensively, I think the focus has to be pressuring (with that aforementioned midfield pairing) to deny service to Ibra, who was brilliant against Parma this weekend, and who I fear is just too much for Daws/Gallas to handle. Best way to handle someone like him is to force him to check back for the ball.

    Also agree that Crouch will play- honestly, if we are without Bale, Crouch and Lennon are the only players that present immediate matchup problems.
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    Sooooo pumped for this game! Think you've got the line up near enough spot on, Crouch is most likely going to play but I think that Palacios is near enough certain to play, I can't tihnk of any reason why he wouldn't start against Sunderland if he wasn't going to play today.

    Dissapointed that my Dad couldn't sort out tickets but oh well! Guess it's the TV for me!
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    also Jenas is suspended for this so he may risk Modric, otherwise it'll be Niko/Pienaar playing next to our DM.
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    as a lot of our key players are out, the sunderland result would give us great confidence. Got a slight feeling bale will be on the bench to frighten them in the 2nd half
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    it is a shame, going out there tomorrow. Bale would be brilliant for the game itself, but Niko must have great confidence and VDV will be well up for it! I think Modric would be brilliant providing he's recovered
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    damn, I forgot about that, and didn't notice it in your original post.

    never thought I'd be concerned about losing JJ, but there it is.

    While I liked Sandro yesterday, I actually think Willy might do a job for us if necessary, it's not like they've got pace in the middle of the park to provoke wild tackles, and his positional discipline (if not his discipline going into tackles) has been pretty good in some recent matches.
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    I remembered that he was suspended just after you posted in this thread so I went back and edited the OP. Pretty big loss if Modric isnt fully fit but I think Pienaar may play next to the DM and Niko would go out on the left but Harry might flip flop that scenario, pretty big decision in my eyes if it comes down to choosing who play in the middle of the park for us.
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    Can someone confirm that Sandro was included in the new squad which we were able to select for the knock outs?
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    1st half

    Gomes

    Charlie Dawson Gallas BAE

    Palacios Modric

    Lennon VDV Niko

    Pav

    2nd half same names but...

    Gomes

    Charlie Dawson Gallas BAE

    Palacios Modric

    VDV Niko Lennon

    Pav
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    Okay guys just spoke to a guy I know who lives next door to Mr Bale himself... He definately won't be playing on tuesday, he has only just gone back up to London and he still has some pain in his back, so yeah, he's on the sick :(
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    True, it is a big decision, but whoever we put on the left will want to tuck in centrally. Maybe Pienaar a bit less than Niko? Not sure.
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    Assuming Modric is fit, this is precisely the team I would start with.
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    AC seem to be lacking abit of pace in the LB and RB areas. This is where I feel Lennon and exploit them. I'm sure if Niko, Pienaar and VDV all start (assuming Modders doesn't), we can see Harry swapping their positions to change up our attack.
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    I'd be worried about starting Sandro. He looked okay going forward but his positioning was poor and defensively in general wasn't convincing, we can't risk having a first half like we did at Sunderland. Considering with have only conceded one goal in the last six games that Palacios has started I can't see him being left out of a match like this. I really hope Modric can make it along side. I'v been looking forward to seeing Defoe against continental opposition but on his current form theres no choice but to stick with our most proven attacking line up. Its will be a tight game if our players keep thier head so I know Gomes and BAE are in the right frame of mind.
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    noooo shoulda left the other thread! :(
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    Kevin Bond on TalkSport saying Bale hasnt travelled to Italy........and that there are 2 or 3 players who will go through fitness tests prior to be being ruled out of the game tomorrow.
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    FACKING COME ON YOU SPURS!!

    Lets fecking do the wankers. San Siro isn't as scary as it was to us a few months back!!

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    I'm absolutely buzzing for this game. COME ON YOU SPURS!
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    I would definitely start Palacios over Sandro.
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    the game will be won in the first leg in my opinion, if we have another stupid collapse like we did against young boys/inter milan/fulham we won't get away with it as milan's defence is better than any one of those teams, also if it is palacios and sandro in the middle they CANNOT give the ball away, that is close to suicide, we need to keep it tight for the first half hour and don't conceed, if we can keep in touch with them going into the second leg we have a chance, it is so important to get an away goal, milan could be 3-0 up in the 93rd minute but lennon could make a surging run, drill in a cross for rafa to finish, it's 3-1 and a completely different ball game, we need leaders, especially at the back, daws and gallas need to win everything against robinho and ibrahimovic, no disasters, that's all i ask

    team:

    gomes, corluka, dawson (c), gallas, assou-ekotto, lennon, palacios, sandro, kranjcar, van der vaart, crouch

    subs:

    cudicini, hutton, woodgate, pienaar, pavlyuchenko, crouch, bassong

    although i'm not the 4-4-1-1's biggest fan, it seems to work in europe

    prediction: 3-1 milan
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    A the moment there our only natural central midfielders so they're likely to start alongside each other.
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    I am afraid I could not start Niko at the San Siro.

    Corluka - Daws - Gallas - BAE
    Lennon - Modric - Palacios - Pienaar
    ------------VDV-----------------------
    --------------Crouch-----------------

    I would take Palacios over Sandro, Sandro did have a big half of football over the weekend, but has been a little overwhelmed at times and tomorrow isn't a time to risk that. Palacios, while losing heigh will have a slightly greater defensive presence.

    Niko gets left out because to win this game we need to control the midfield and to do this we need to spread the field and make Milan play our game, not theirs. Pienaar will do a better job staying on the flanks, and the fact of the matter is he is far more disciplined than Niko when it comes to staying in position on the wing, not to mention he is much faster, something that will help him against Gattuso.

    Crouch if fit should play, if we get packed in and we are not controlling play he will still be of some use, while JD or Pav will just be a waste. I may be taking a pessimistic view, but I think we should assume that Milan will dominate the game, and therefore we need to be ready to grind it out and get it back to the Lane.
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