Tottenham vs Milan Champions League round of 16 preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, starting line-ups
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
When is it? How can you watch it? What are the starting line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg between Tottenham and Milan.
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Tottenham and Milan meet in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg on Wednesday 8 March.
Tottenham vs Milan at a glance
When: Wednesday 8 March (21:00 CET kick-off)
Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
What: UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg
How it stands: First leg: 0-1
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage can be found here
Where to watch Tottenham vs Milan on TV
Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.
What do you need to know?
Tottenham have emerged triumphant in both their previous European ties with Milan, but they face an uphill task to maintain that perfect record after succumbing to a 1-0 first-leg defeat at San Siro. After failing to add to Brahim Díaz's early opener, however, the Rossoneri will need to keep Harry Kane quiet in north London to stand any chance of securing a first quarter-final appearance since 2012 – when they survived a gallant second-leg fightback by Spurs' fierce rivals Arsenal in the last 16.
Tottenham: Forster; Romero, Lenglet, Davies; Emerson, Skipp, Højbjerg, Perišić; Kulusevski, Kane, Son
Misses next match if booked: Bentancur, Lenglet, Romero
Milan: Maignan; Thiaw, Tomori, Kalulu, Hernández; Junior Messias, Krunić, Tonali; Brahim Díaz, Giroud, Rafael Leão
Misses next match if booked: Ballo, Krunić, Tomori, Tonali
Form (all competitions, most recent first): LLWWLL
Where they stand: 4th in Premier League
Form (all competitions, most recent first): LWWWWL
Where they stand: 5th in Serie A
Paolo Menicucci, Tottenham reporter
Antonio Conte's return following surgery to remove his gallbladder could be a much-needed boost for Tottenham, who arrive at this game after two painful defeats against Sheffield United (FA Cup) and Wolves (Premier League). The injury crisis continues but Spurs certainly have enough attacking power to hurt a Milan side who also struggled at the weekend against Fiorentina in Serie A. Patience could be the key, and limiting the space for the dangerous Rafael Leão to counterattack.
Vieri Capretta, Milan reporter
Changing the system to a back three has restored defensive strength, with clean sheets against Atalanta, Monza and Tottenham in recent games. The Rossoneri will try to confirm their good form at the back and hit on the break with their fast-paced players as Tottenham will be the team needing to score following the first-leg result.
What the coaches say
Antonio Conte, Tottenham manager: "The pressure: we live with this type of game. We live with it for these moments because when the pressure is going up it means your level is going up. Don't forget that last season we were playing in the [Europa] Conference League. This season we're playing in the Champions League. We won our group and tomorrow we have the chance to beat Milan and go to the next round. If you ask me if I want to win the Champions League, I would say yes, but then there is the reality. We have to go game by game."
Stefano Pioli, Milan coach: "Tomorrow is a game of personality, we have to control it. They are fearsome in the offensive phase, they will play with intensity from the beginning. We must be prepared to control the game. We have a very small advantage but we will need to score goals and try to surprise our opponents."
Where is the 2023 Champions League final?
Istanbul's Atatürk Olympic Stadium will host the final on Saturday 10 June 2023.
The winners gain a place in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage, if they have not qualified via their domestic competition.