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Tottenham aim to finish the job against Milan

Published: Wednesday 16 February 2011, 1.45CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC will hope to continue their winning habit at White Hart Lane when AC Milan visit for the second leg of the clubs' round of 16 contest seeking to turn round a 1-0 home loss.

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Published: Wednesday 16 February 2011, 1.45CET

Tottenham aim to finish the job against Milan

Tottenham Hotspur FC will hope to continue their winning habit at White Hart Lane when AC Milan visit for the second leg of the clubs' round of 16 contest seeking to turn round a 1-0 home loss.

Tottenham Hotspur FC will hope to continue their winning habit at White Hart Lane when AC Milan visit north London for the second leg of the clubs' round of 16 contest.

• Harry Redknapp's team have won all four games at home in this season's competition, including a 3-1 defeat of Milan's neighbours FC Internazionale Milano on 2 November en route to claiming first place in Group A.

• Massimiliano Allegri's Milan – who recorded one win, one draw, and one defeat on their travels in the group stage – bowed out at this stage in last season's UEFA Champions League, going down 4-0 in the second leg at Manchester United FC and 7-2 overall.

• The Italian side have work to do having lost 1-0 in Milan on 15 February, Peter Crouch scoring the only goal ten minutes from time. Only once in the UEFA Champions League era have a team lost the first leg at home and progressed, AFC Ajax overcoming Panathinaikos FC 3-1 on aggregate in the 1995/96 semi-finals.

Previous meetings
• Tottenham prevailed in the clubs' one previous two-legged encounter in the 1971/72 UEFA Cup semi-final. They won the first leg in north London 2-1, Steve Perryman's double overturning Romeo Benetti's opener, before a 1-1 draw in Milan, Alan Mullery's goal taking Tottenham through despite Gianni Rivera's penalty equaliser. Keeping goal for Milan was Fabio Cudicini, father of Tottenham's reserve custodian Carlo.

Match background
• Tottenham are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since their only previous European Champion Clubs' Cup appearance in 1961/62. Milan have not been to the last eight since winning the trophy in 2007 and are trying to avoid a third round of 16 elimination by English opposition in four seasons after losses to United last term and Arsenal FC in 2008.

• At home this season Tottenham have hit 14 goals and conceded just two in recording four successive victories, play-off round included.

• Away to English teams Milan have managed one win, five draws and eight defeats. Their only victory was a 1-0 success at United at this stage of the UEFA Champions League in 2004/05. Hernán Crespo was the scorer; Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf and substitute Massimo Ambrosini all featured.

• Milan lost the 2005 UEFA Champions League final to Liverpool on penalties but gained revenge with victory in a 2007 final in which Crouch featured as a 78th-minute substitute for the English side. The Rossoneri have failed to win any of their six meetings with English opposition since.

• Milan won two of their seven European crowns in England, beating SL Benfica in the 1962/63 final at Wembley and Juventus in the 2002/03 final at Old Trafford.

• Tottenham's only other encounter with Serie A opposition was a 2-0 loss at Udinese Calcio in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage.

• Tottenham have won all 18 of the previous ties in UEFA competition in which they won the first leg away from home.

• Ominously for Milan, of the five previous occasions they have lost the first leg at home in UEFA competition they have won only once, against 1. FC Saarbrücken in the 1955/56 European Cup first round, Milan's first European tie, when a 4-3 defeat in Italy was followed by a 4-1 away success. However, FC Barcelona (1959/60 European Cup first round and 2005/06 UEFA Champions League semi-finals), RCD Espanyol (1987/88 UEFA Cup second round) and United (2009/10) all built on a first-leg away win to eliminate Milan.

• Tottenham's shoot-out record in UEFA club competitions is:
2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 16, PSV Eindhoven 5-6
1983/84 UEFA Cup final, RSC Anderlecht 4-3

• Milan's record is:
2004/05 UEFA Champions League final, Liverpool FC 2-3
2002/03 UEFA Champions League final, Juventus 3-2
1978/79 UEFA Cup first round, FK Lokomotíva Košice 7-6

Team ties
• William Gallas captained the Arsenal side that beat Milan in 2007/08.

• Heurelho Gomes was in the PSV Eindhoven team defeated on away goals by Milan in the 2004/05 semi-finals.

• Carlo Cudicini was born in Milan and came through the Rossoneri's youth system. He made two UEFA Champions League appearances in 1992/93 but never appeared in Serie A.

• Rafael van der Vaart played in the Netherlands team that were 4-1 winners against Zlatan Ibrahimović's Sweden in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier in October.

• Tottenham's January signing Steven Pienaar was in the AFC Ajax team that lost 3-2 on aggregate to Milan in the 2002/03 quarter-finals, scoring in the 3-2 second-leg defeat at San Siro. He also played in Ajax's 1-0 group stage defeat in Milan the following season.

• Kevin-Prince Boateng joined Tottenham from Hertha BSC Berlin in July 2007 and made 14 league appearances before moving to Portsmouth in 2009. He scored a penalty in Portsmouth's 2-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat of Tottenham last April.

• Mathieu Flamini spent four seasons with Arsenal and played in five north London derbies, winning two and drawing three.

• Robinho was at Manchester City FC from September 2008 to January 2010. He faced Tottenham twice and lost both times, a 2-1 home reverse in November 2008 in which he scored, and a 3-0 away loss in December 2009.

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