Rafael Van Der Vaart Urges Spurs To Attack Milan
Dutchman downplays bad blood between sides after fiery first leg
By Craig Turnbull
Tottenham midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart has urged his team to play to their strengths against Milan by building on their one-goal advantage from the first leg.
Spurs won 1-0 in the San Siro and Van der Vaart has insisted that attack will be the best form of defence at White Hart Lane, but admitted that it won’t be easy despite the home advantage.
“It’s going to be hard,” he told reporters.
“They know now we have a good team and can play well.
“It’s one game to go, they will give everything. I have a feeling we will reach our level [and] have a good chance to win the game.
“We want to attack, not defend. We have a great attacking team so we have to do that.”
Peter Crouch’s goal with 15 minutes to go gave Spurs the advantage and Van der Vaart has hit back at claims that Redknapp’s men are a long-ball team, arguing that they play attractive football.
“I think we can play really good football, not just long balls, but when Crouch is playing then it’s normal we try to reach him because he’s a big guy,” Van der Vaart added.
“I’m always behind him and I’ve already scored six or seven times when he put the ball down.
“It’s our quality and it’s really hard to defend.”
The win in the San Siro was somewhat marred by ugly scenes during and after the match. Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini lunged in on Vedran Corluka, leaving the Croatian on the floor in agony, before Gennaro Gattuso headbutted Spurs coach Joe Jordan after the final whistle.
However, Van der Vaart has played down the incidents and insists he and the team are 100 per cent focused on what is required of them to qualify for the stage.
The Dutchman continued: “Was I upset at what happened with Joe? For me, the most important thing was that we won that game.
“They were a bit frustrated. Of course Gattuso wants to win every game, so he was a bit upset. But for me it wasn’t a problem.”
Corluka is fit to play in Wednesday night’s match, and Van der Vaart believes his availability will boost the squad, with the whole team relishing playing under pressure in a game that will go down as one of the biggest in the club’s history.
“It’s great that Vedran [Corluka] is fit,” Van der Vaart said. “He is a very good player.
“Of course it was a hard tackle from Flamini, and maybe he’s still a bit angry, but we need him, we need him for the whole 90 minutes.
“He is not going to do stupid things. It was a hard tackle, but that is part of the game.
“We are used to playing with pressure. Pressure is nice, we need that, and I felt when we played away in Milan we did fantastic so I have a good feeling and a lot of confidence.
“I’m fit, I’m happy and really excited because it’s a big game and a big night for Tottenham.”
source : goal.com
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