CorSera: Milan hoping to end 11-year wait against Spurs but tough task awaits

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan take on Spurs tonight hoping to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in over a decade.

Corriere della Sera (via MilanNews) writes that it has been 11 years since Milan were last in the final eight of the Champions League but there is an opportunity to end that wait in the English capital tonight, having won 1-0 in the first leg at San Siro.

The paper states that Milan absolutely cannot think only of defending their one-goal lead because it will be a completely different game compared to the first leg, also due to the fiery atmosphere that the Diavolo will find themselves in tonight with over 60,000 fans expected in attendance.

Pioli and the team know that it would be a mistake to put everyone behind the ball from minute one and they also know a great performance will be needed to get through to the quarter-finals.

“We’re Milan and we have to face this match as Italian champions,” Rade Krunic said at the press conference yesterday. Olivier Giroud and Brahim Diaz are recovered and should both play from the first minute, while Mike Maignan will be back between the posts having not played in the UCL since the second group game.

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