Tottenham are without Gareth Bale but must still be confident of negotiating a San Siro battle with a three goal lead from the first leg at White Hart Lane.
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Tottenham’s Gareth Bale is suspended for the Europa League last-16 clash at Inter Milan after receiving a third yellow card in the 3-0 first leg win.
Forwards Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor travelled to Italy despite missing Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool.
Midfielder Clint Dempsey is unavailable with a calf strain as are Younes Kaboul and Sandro with knee injuries.
When asked whether he would field a weakened side, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas said: “No chance.”
He added: “There is no scoreline that could make us change six or seven players so we will play a strong team to make sure we go through in this competition.
“We take this game very seriously.”
And the Spurs boss is confident his team will be OK without the suspended Bale.
“We’ve been in situation where he is not with us and we got results,” said the Portuguese.
“Gareth can make a difference in any game, we know. We will miss him but we won’t want to prove anything without him because we believe a lot in ourselves and also we believe in Gareth.
“It’s not a case of proving anything. We just want to do our job to get through.”
Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni admits it will take a huge effort to reach the Europa League quarter-finals.
“We want to do well and honour [the competition], but we know our situation and our numbers are limited,” he said.
Stramaccioni has withdrawn Alvaro Pereira, Dejan Stankovic, Ezequiel Schelotto and Marco Benassi from his squad to face Tottenham.
Argentine pair Diego Milito and Walter Samuel are also missing through injury.
“Football is strange. 3-0 is difficult to overturn, but we’ll be taking to the field to win,” said Stramaccioni.
“We want to do well in front of our fans and win the game, and then as far as qualifying for the next round is concerned, we’ll have to see.
“There’s no point denying it – we’re not playing well at present and it’s up to me, as the coach, to find the way to give my players more security which they don’t have.” (BBC)
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