Milan, official: against Tottenham without a midfielder

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Stefano Pioli announces midfielder’s forfeit

Milan will take the field at the San Siro on Tuesday at 9 p.m. to take on Tottenham: “Difficult challenge, inevitable for an eighth. Conte is a great coach and one of the few colleagues who called me to congratulate me on the title. If we want to think we can win we need high levels of intensity and technical quality. We have prepared for this,” Pioli said in a press conference.

The Rossoneri will still have to do without Bennacer: “He trained with us but he is not 100 percent and we cannot risk it. He will not be there.”

Tottenham is coming off a sound defeat against Leicester: “A week ago they beat City but we don’t come in better or worse than them. It will be a big game that we will have to play well. We believe we are equal to Tottenham. Winning the Champions League to date is a dream.”

“I cannot know what our opponents experience, I know what we feel. We are very motivated and it’s normal, we play a lot. There will be a high-level offensive trident and the defensive phase will have to be compact. I have prepared the team to all the details because the details will make the difference. I saw a better morale, a lot of energy. We are playing in the Champions League, we want to play it with the right spirit,” concluded the Milan helmsman.

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