I Didn't Want To Foul Aaron Lennon And Get Sent Off - Milan's Mario Yepes On Tottenham Winner

Mario Yepes explained why he didn't bring down Lennon for Tottenham's goal, and now the Rossoneri must be up to the challenge at White Hart Lane...
Mario Yepes was twice denied by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes for Milan during their UEFA Champions League first leg defeat to Tottenham lasat night, the Rossoneri going down 1-0 at San Siro.

The Colombian defender saw both his goalbound headers plucked out by the Brazilian goalkeeper and Yepes commented on the defeat, explaining why he didn't bring down Aaron Lennon for the visitors' goal.

"Gomes made two great saves from my headed shots. We found a goalkeeper who made two great interventions and that changed the game. We took the wrong approach in the first half but we were better in the second despite them scoring. Now it's going to be difficult but we have to be up to the challenge," Yepes told the press following the game.

"When Lennon came towards me I waited, I looked back and saw that [Alessandro] Nesta was alone with [Peter] Crouch. I went to tackle but decided not to take the player because I thought if I fouled him the referee would send me off."

Yepes was already on a yellow card before Lennon set off on Tottenham's counter-attack which led to Crouch's 80th-minute winner.

Follow Goal.com on . Get the latest football news direct... Check out Goal.com's  page; be part of the best football fan community in the world!