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UEFA Europa League

  • 14 March 2013
  • • 18:00
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: I. Bebek
  • • Attendance: 18241

Aggregate 4 - 4 Tottenham Hotspur win on away goals

Inter - Tottenham Preview: Italians attempt to overturn large first-leg deficit

Andre Villas-Boas’ side head into the second leg leading 3-0 and will hope to finish off their out-of-sorts Serie A opponent, but are without the suspended Gareth Bale



Zanetti, Juan, Chivu, Pereira
Gargano, Cambiasso
Benassi, Cassano, Guarin


Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Assou-Ekotto Lennon, Dembele, Parker, Holtby

Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni will be hoping his side can recover from back-to-back to defeats. Samir Handanovic is set to return in goal after missing Sunday’s Serie A loss to Bologna through suspension.

Javier Zanetti made his 600th Serie A appearance in that match and the veteran is again expected to start. Up front, Antonio Cassano is poised to provide support to Rodrigo Palacio as they search for goals.

As for the visitors, Andre Villas-Boas will be without star man Gareth Bale whose yellow card in the first leg ruled him out of the game. Brad Friedel is again poised to start in goal in place of Hugo Lloris.

Emmanuel Adebayor could well be in contention for a return from an ankle injury, but may have to settle for a place on the bench with Jermain Defoe again starting. Steven Caulker could come into the team after recently losing his place to Michael Dawson.


  • Inter have struggled for results in Serie A over recent weeks - winning just three of their last 13 games.
  • Rodrio Palacio (pictured right) has an impressive scoring record in the Europa League this season with seven goals in nine appearances, two off Roberto Boninsegna's all-time club competition record of nine managed in 1969-70.
  • Inter have won the Uefa Cup, now the Europa League, three times - in 1990-91, 1993-94 and 1997-98.
  • Tottenham are undefeated in their previous 10 Europa League games, including the 3-0 first-leg victory, stretching back to November, 2011.
  • The last meeting between the two teams at San Siro saw Inter run out 4-3 winners, with Bale grabbing the headlines in defeat with a hat-trick.
  • Tottenham have faced Italian opposition 10 times - winning four times, drawing four and losing just twice.

Players to watch

A. Cassano

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Italy international struggled to shine in the first leg at White Hart Lane with Inter finding it hard to cope with Spurs’ blistering start. But his team-mates and manager will know that a couple of early pieces of magic from the ex-AC Milan man could well unlock the visitors’ backline and make the tie interesting.

S. Parker

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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After regaining fitness after an injury-plagued first half to the season, Parker has fitted back into the side in the absence of the influential Sandro. Inter will be hoping to get an early goal to gain a foothold in the tie and Parker could have an important role to play in stunting the Italians’ threat, much as he last week.

Editor's Prediction

Inter face an extremely difficult uphill task to stand any chance of progressing following the 3-0 first-leg defeat. With Spurs impressive away from home, they should have far too much to let their opponents get back into the tie but must be wary on complacency.

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