Redknapp vows to attack
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is confident an attacking line-up will be able to hurt AC Milan.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 08/03/11 8:48am
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is confident an attacking line-up will be able to hurt AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League.
Spurs are preparing for a crunch encounter with the Rossoneri on Wednesday night and they take a 1-0 lead into their second leg following an impressive victory in Italy back in February.
A goalless draw would see the North Londoners advance to the quarter-finals of the competition but Redknapp will not merely try and hold on to their current advantage achieved in the San Siro.
Gareth Bale, who terrorised Inter Milan in the group stages earlier in the campaign, returned from injury against Wolves on Sunday and is set to feature.
Meanwhile, 12-goal leading scorer Rafael van der Vaart is also expected to play despite a recent calf problem and Redknapp believes Spurs are a formidable force going forward.
"I think we've got enough to hurt Milan at home. We'll be positive," he said.
"We will play an attacking team. We'll play (Aaron) Lennon and probably Gareth Bale and have a go.
"Peter Crouch has had a great European campaign as well. And Van der Vaart has a good chance for Wednesday, I hope he will be fit."
On Bale's late cameo at Molineux, Redknapp added: "When Gareth came on and started to run with the ball, it was exciting.
"We've missed that for the last five or six weeks.
"That was his first real exertion for six weeks. He started straight away to run with the ball and, when he does that, he scares people to death.
"He carries the game at the opposition and that makes a massive difference."
Jermain Defoe bagged two superb goals for Tottenham against Wolves and stakes his claim for a starting place against Milan.
Defoe has not had the best of seasons so far but Redknapp believes the England striker could now start to find his form at a crucial time for the club.
He remarked: "Defoe could now go on a run. You are looking now for Defoe to go on a run and start to score.
"It has been his worst goalscoring season in his whole life.
"Now, if he can go and get 10 goals between now and the end of the season, he could make a massive difference to us. He is capable of doing that.
"He has missed a lot of games through injury this year. It has been a stop-start season for him."
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