Europa League: Inter Milan v Tottenham match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Europa League clash at the San Siro

Inter Milan face an uphill task to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Europa League as they attempt to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit against Andre Villas-Boas’s Tottenham.

Despite their first-leg performance, The Nerazzurri can take heart from the last time Tottenham came calling at the San Siro. Inter found themselves 4-0 up within the first 35 minutes of a Champions League clash and a similar start would more than revive their qualification hopes.

That game also famously witnessed the explosive introduction of Welshman Gareth Bale onto the footballing scene. After a tough start to his White Hart Lane career, the winger grabbed an outstanding second-half hat-trick which saw Spurs fall agonisingly short of a miraculous comeback.

Since that day, Bale has grown in stature and is now compared amongst the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. However he won't be involved tonight as he serves a suspension for a booking in the first leg.

Inter’s squad is a shadow of the side who famously lifted the Champions League in 2010, household names departing for pastures new.

Andrea Stramaccioni’s side will be boosted by the fact that they have scored 16 goals in the competition since the group stages began.

Both sides go into the game on the back of domestic defeats at the weekend. Inter suffered a 1-0 defeat to Bologna whilst Villas-Boas’ Spurs tasted defeat for the first time in three months, sliding to a narrow 3-2 defeat at Liverpool.


KICK-OFF: Thursday, 6pm



Tottenham 3 (Bale, Sigurdsson, Vertonghen) Inter Milan 0, Europa League, March 2013

Tottenham 3 (van der Vaart, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko) Inter Milan 1 (Eto’o), Champions League, November 2010

Inter Milan 4 ( Zanetti, Eto’o 2, Stankovic) Tottenham 3 (Bale 3), Champions League, October 2010



Tottenham have not conceded in their last four games against Italian opposition. A 3-0 victory in the first-leg adding to three previous 0-0 draws.

The English side have also avoided defeat in their past five away games in the competition.

Andre Villas-Boas’ will be looking to secure the trophy for the third time in Tottenham’s history, making them only the fourth side to achieve the feat.

Prior to this season, Inter had not made an appearance in this competition for nine years, mainly due successful attendance in the later stages of the Champions League.

Inter and Spurs are two of only three previous winners of the competition left in the competition.



Inter Milan to win: 2.4

Tottenham to win:   3.2

Draw: 3.6

To qualify:

Inter Milan: 17.5

Tottenham:  1.05


TV: Live on ITV4 at 6pm, highlights on ITV4 on Friday at 6pm

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas