AC Milan boss speaks on “tough” Spurs test

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Massimilano Allegri warned his AC Milan team to expect a “tough” test against Tottenham Hotspur.

He said: “It doesn’t matter if Bale doesn’t play because Tottenham have done well recently without him. They are a tough side, very well organised with a good team spirit. Some of their players have real quality.

“There’s a chance that [Clarence] Seedorf will play from the start. In midfield I only have [Gennaro] Gattuso, Seedorf, [Mathieu] Flamini, [Alexander] Merkel and [Marek] Jankulovski available, but I can also use Thiago Silva if needed. [Massimo] Oddo or [Ignazio] Abate will play at right-back, but whoever I choose will be ready to do well. Abate has fully recovered and Oddo played some good games recently. Milan’s aim is to go as far as possible in this competition, so we have to go through this round.

“The best teams are in this competition, so from now on we can’t afford to make any mistakes or we will be eliminated. In the last two seasons Milan were eliminated by English sides so we have to be careful. Statistics mean nothing to me now and I think that my team have a great chance to qualify for the quarter-finals.”

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