Redknapp delighted as Tottenham handed AC Milan Champions League showdown
TOTTENHAM will return to the San Siro in February after Friday’s draw for the Champions League last 16 landed them a monumental tie against seven-time winners AC Milan.
Harry Redknapp’s side will travel to Italy for the first leg on February 15, 16, 22 or 23, with the return leg at White Hart Lane on March 8, 9, 15 or 16. Final dates are yet to be confirmed.
The Rossoneri are currently six points clear at the top of Serie A and present stellar names including Filipo Inzaghi, Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf and Alessandro Nesta.
“It’s a great draw and we knew that would be the case whoever we came out against,” said Redknapp. “This is an exciting game to look forward to.
“AC Milan have a fantastic record in the competition, they are top of the league in Italy and are full of quality players. It’s a great challenge for us.
“I said before the draw that I wouldn’t mind playing AC Milan.
“You want to take on the best teams in the world and that’s what the fans want to see as well.
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“Now we’ve got the chance to bring AC Milan to White Hart Lane for a great game.”
AC Milan bolstered their squad with the signing of Robinho from Manchester City and Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona, and they have been in red hot form this season, having qualified from their Champions League group with a game to spare.
Spurs have already visited the Italian capital once this season, with Gareth Bale scoring a hat-trick in the epic group match which finished 4-3 to the Serie A champions.
The Lilywhites will also come up against a familiar face - midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng, who spent two years at White Hart Lane between 2007 and 2009.
And the match will bring back memories of one of the great results in Tottenham’s history, the 1972 UEFA Cup semi-final, which Spurs won 3-2 on aggregate en route to the final, where they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers to lift the trophy.