Ledley King has claimed that playing the second leg at home will be a big advantage for Tottenham in their Champions League round of 16 clash with AC Milan.
Spurs found out on Monday that they will have to face off against Milan for a place in the final eight of the Champions League.
Antonio Conte’s men could have certainly got an easier draw, with the Rossoneri having started the season impressively and currently sitting in second place in the Serie A table.
King was still a player the last time the Lilywhites faced off against Milan back in 2011. The North Londoners won the first leg at the San Siro 1-0, thanks to a late goal by Peter Crouch, who was set up by Aaron Lennon after a brilliant run.
Tottenham managed to hold out for a 0-0 draw in the second leg at White Hart Lane despite being put under immense pressure by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co.
King is hopeful that history could repeat itself more than a decade later when the two sides come up against each other in February.
The Spurs legend told BT Sport about the draw: “Excited, definitely. Milan are a big team with history. A team that my team played in the Champions League. Hopefully, 2011 will be a good omen. No team was going to be easy. A good draw, playing at home in the second leg will be vital.”
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The roles have been reversed a bit since we faced Milan 12 years ago as they are not the force they used to be and Spurs have developed a much better European pedigree over the last decade. So, although there is a long way to go until February, I believe we will go into the game as favourites, which was certainly not the case back in 2011.
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