Tottenham Boss Harry Redknapp: We Can Score Against Milan

Spurs chief remains upbeat despite injuries
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is adamant his team will “have a right go” against Milan when the two sides meet in the Champions League at San Siro.

Spurs have been impressive when competing in Europe this season, scoring 24 goals during the eight group-stage games.

Tuesday night's task, however, is made much harder without the talent of Gareth Bale, who ripped apart Milan’s rivals Inter on his last visit to San Siro during the 4-3 defeat.

Spurs could also be without midfield dynamo Luka Modric who has had his appendix removed and may not be fit enough to participate.

But despite a depleted squad, Redknapp has vowed to maintain his attacking philosophy which guided his side to the top of group A.

"We can score here," Redknapp told reporters.

"I don't want to concede bags of goals, for sure. We can't afford the same mistakes [as we made against Inter]. We can't start like that again. But as far as shutting up shop goes, it's a non-starter because we don't have the players here.

"If I had two wide men who could do a job and sit there and just be solid, I might think about it. But those type of players are not at this club. The only two midfielders we have who are fit are Sandro and Palacios for the middle of the park. There is no one else."

Tottenham were 4-0 down earlier in the season when they played Inter at the San Siro, before Gareth Bale hit a stunning second-half hat-trick to lose 4-3.

"Attacking football is what got us here in the first place," he added. "We have had a go all through this competition so we will have a right go again at San Siro.

"We can't come out and be completely gung-ho. But what I'm saying is that I do have a problem setting a team up to defend. Rafael van der Vaart plays the way he plays. Niko Kranjcar and [Aaron] Lennon – we haven't got defensive players to play with five across midfield and soak it up."

Redknapp has admitted that he doesn’t have his strongest side available but is confident that his team can still cause Milan some problems of their own.

Peter Crouch looks set to start up front after having pain killing injections to help with his back injury, while Spurs have also been boosted by the news that Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart has been declared fit to join Sandro and Wilson Palacios in midfield, with Niko Kranjcar expected to keep his place ahead of Steven Pienaar.

"I don't want to harp on about Bale or Luka but they are key players who are so important for us," he said.

"We have just got to do the job but without the flair that those kind of players [Bale and Modric] would provide. Sandro is not a Luka Modric, he plays differently. He has hardly been in my team all year. It's a big ask but he is up for it."

Redknapp also highlighted Milan's strike force of Robinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexandre Pato as danger men ahead of the tie.

Redknapp said: "They haven't got blistering pace, not a [Samuel] Eto'o or someone like that. They are different to Inter, who have real pace in wide positions. They're a clever team with experience and the Brazilian boy [Pato] is good."

Redknapp also spoke about the “golden era” the club could be entering but insists that the club has to continue to improve if they want to compete at the highest level on a regular basis.

"The opportunity is there," he said. "It's like everything, you've got to keep improving if you want to compete with the top clubs.

"I think the owners want to compete so it's up to them. They hold the key more than the manager. If the right people come along, I think the club would finance it, and if they do that for the next few years the sky is the limit for Tottenham."

Milan also have some problems of their own when it comes to injuries and fielding an understrength squad. Andrew Pirlo and former Spurs player Kevin-Prince Boateng are injured, while striker Antonio Cassano, who joined from Sampdoria in the winter, is ineligible along with Mark van Bommel and Urby Emanuelson.

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