Tottenham’s Gareth Bale relishing Inter Milan clash
Gareth Bale insists Tottenham have learnt from their defeat at the San Siro and is confident his side can put on a show against Inter Milan at White Hart Lane on Tuesday night.
Spurs conceded four first-half goals in Milan a fortnight ago before Bale’s stunning second-half hat-trick helped restore some pride for Harry Redknapp’s men.
Bale said: “In recent years we’ve made White Hart Lane a difficult place for teams to come to and we don’t want that to be any different against Inter.
“We’ll go into it with a lot of confidence from the game in Milan, hopefully having 11 men throughout and hopefully not starting as poorly as we did.
The Welsh international added: “We want to give it a go. They are the European champions, we want to test ourselves against the best and it doesn’t come much bigger than this.
“Inter show the qualities that every top team shows. They keep the ball well and they’ve got world-class players. We’re fully aware of that.
“But we have players who can do damage as well and they’ll have to worry about us as well.”
The Italian champions travel to White Hart Lane fresh from their 1-0 victory against Genoa in Serie A while Spurs are looking to bounce from a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Rafael van der Vaart and Tom Huddlestone are expected to be available for selection after the pair returned to training on Monday.
Elsewhere, Redknapp has declared he will no longer take part in post-match television interviews if the FA punishes him over his outburst at referee Mark Clattenburg following Nani’s controversial goal at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Spurs boss said: “If you want me to come on and talk rubbish and say ‘it was a good decision and I’m quite happy with it’, then don’t bother getting me to come out after a game.
“Am I supposed to come out after and say ‘it was a jolly good decision, I thought he handled it very well’?
He added: “If they [the FA] want to make an issue of what I’ve said, then I’ll make some issues as well, don’t worry. Don’t expect me to come out on TV after a game anymore, ever. I won’t do it.”
The FA say they will make a decision on whether to discipline Redknapp by the end of Tuesday.