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UEFA Champions League

  • 20 October 2010
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: D. Skomina
  • • Attendance: 49551

Inter - Tottenham Preview: Rafael van der Vaart suspended as Ledley King, Diego Milito and Esteban Cambiasso miss Group A's biggest clash

Inter - Tottenham Preview: Rafael van der Vaart suspended as Ledley King, Diego Milito and Esteban Cambiasso miss Group A's biggest clash



Diego Milito, Esteban Cambiasso, Mancini and McDonald Mariga are all definitely ruled out of Wednesday’s game.

Thiago Motta and Jonathan Biabiany are also doubts after suffering knocks against Calgari at the weekend.

Possible starting XI: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu; Zanetti, Sneijder, Stankovic; Chukwuma, Eto'o, Coutinho.


Along with the suspended Rafael van der Vaart, Spurs will also be without captain Ledley King, who came off in the first half against Fulham on Saturday with a groin strain, and long-term absentees Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson.

Younes Kaboul could return from a knock to fight for a place in central defence with Sebastien Bassong and William Gallas.

Redknapp will no doubt opt for a 4-5-1 formation as his team lines up away from home, and Crouch will be hoping for a starting berth to ruin his former manager Rafa Benitez’s night.

Possible starting XI: Gomes; Hutton, Gallas, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Huddlestone, Palacios, Bale; Modric; Crouch.

Benitez living with Mourinho hangover

Rafael Benitez is enjoying a fairly successful start to life with his new side with Inter lying in third place after seven games.

However, reports suggest that a number of the squad are unhappy with the Spaniard’s methods, but Benitez no doubt has the edge against Redknapp in Champions League experience and that, along with the home advantage, could well be the difference between the sides.

Samuel Eto’o is in sparkling form, topping the Serie A and Champions League top goal scorer charts but after receiving racial abuse at the weekend to the extent that the league match against Calgari had to be stopped for three minutes, his mental state could be under question.

Even so, the Cameroonian’s predatory instinct will be relied upon more than ever as Inter suffer from a long injury list.

Spurs get fighting spirit back

The game all Tottenham fans were looking forward to when this season’s Champions League draw was made was the trip to the San Siro to face holders Inter.

It is by far Spurs’ toughest test in the group stage and Harry Redknapp will be relishing the challenge that awaits his players after two impressive performances so far in the competition.

The north London side have enjoyed an air of consistency to their Premier League form in recent weeks after the disappointment of losses to West Ham United and Wigan Athletic, and will be proud of coming from behind to win against Aston Villa and Fulham, and the previous experience of Rafa Benitez's tactical nous will also come in handy.

Unfortunately Redknapp will be without the vastly influential Rafael van der Vaart who misses the game through suspension after receiving a red card against FC Twente last time out.

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S. Eto'o

Position: Attacker

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It could not be anyone else but Samuel Eto’o. The Cameroon international has scored six goals in seven games in domestic competition and four goals in just two appearances in the Champions League. Whichever Tottenham defence lines up against Eto’o on Wednesday night they will need to be on the top of their game.

L. Modrić

Position: Midfielder

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With the introduction of Rafael van der Vaart at White Hart Lane, Luka Modric has been slightly over-shadowed. The Croatian has been magnificent for Spurs since he arrived in 2008 and he may well be given the chance to shine again with the absence of his Dutch equivalent and could well be positioned in the advanced role Van der Vaart has occupied recently with two defensive midfielders behind him.

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