Conte has foregone medical advice by travelling with his squad 11 days after having his gallbladder removed, but it is understandable that the former Inter Milan head coach wants to take a more active role after his team were hammered 4-1 by Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.
Stefano Pioli’s Milan took the Serie A title from Inter last season but have been in dismal form since the turn of the year, only ending a seven-match slump without a win by edging past Torino 1-0 at the weekend.Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates and commentary.
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1hr 15 mins from kickoff: Here’s the Tottenham team, which is pretty much as you’d expect with the personnel available. Emerson Royal comes in at right wing-back, with Pedro Porro dropping to the bench after his nightmare weekend debut at Leicester. Clement Lenglet gets the nod over Ben Davies on the left of the back three.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 14, 2023
1 hr 40 mins from kickoff: Antonio Conte returns to Milan, where he masterminded Inter’s charge to the Serie A title in 2020/21. However, he’d unquestionably like to be back at San Siro in better circumstances. Firstly, he really shouldn’t be here according to medical advice, after having his gallbladder removed 11 days ago. Secondly, he’d probably like to have a few more central midfielders. News that Rodrigo Bentancur will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury is a seismic blow to Spurs over the long-term. In the short-term Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is suspended and Yves Bissouma is injured.
Team news will be with us shortly and expect a Tottenham central midfield of Oliver Skipp and Pepe Sarr on the logic of “any warm body…”.
2 hours from kickoff: Hello and welcome to the Sporting News’ live coverage of AC Milan vs. Tottenham — two teams very much in need of a Champions League pick-me-up this Valentine’s Day.
There’s nothing quite like a @ChampionsLeague night 🔥
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— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 13, 2023
AC Milan vs Tottenham lineups
AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli is still without Ismael Bennacer and Fikayo Tomori through injury, but they could be back for the second leg. First-choice goalkeeper Mike Maignan is still out.
AC Milan starting XI (3-4-3): Tatarusanu (GK) — Calabria, Kjaer, Kalulu — Saelemaekers, Tonali, Krunic, Hernandez — Leao, Giroud, Diaz
AC Milan subs: Mirante (GK), Thiaw, Toure, Adli, Ibrahimovic, Rebic, Bakayoko, Origi, Messias
Rodrigo Bentancur will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery with club captain Hugo Lloris also sidelined.
Pape Sarr is likely to replace Bentancur in midfield with Cristian Romero also back following a Premier League ban. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is suspended, so Oliver Skipp should start given Yves Bissouma is also injured.
Tottenham starting XI (3-4-3): Forster (GK) — Romero, Dier, Lenglet — Royal, Sarr, Skipp, Perisic — Kulusevski, Kane, Son
Tottenham subs: Austin (GK), Whiteman, Davies, Sanchez, Tanganga, Porro, Devine, Danjuma, Lucas, Richarlison
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