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ES: Tottenham vs AC Milan live

    FULL TIME: Tottenham 2 - AC Milan 0
    Nacer Chadli's superb strike gave Spurs the lead early on
    Tom Carroll doubled the advantage on 70 minutes
    Mauricio Pochettino made flurry of second half changes
    Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen rested
    8/5/2015 11:21:28 AM
    Good afternoon, and welcome to our live coverage of Tottenham vs AC Milan!
    8/5/2015 11:21:11 AM
    It's day two for Spurs out in Munich, after a their somewhat disappointing 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid yesterday in the Audi Cup.

    THE VENUE: Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena 

    Gareth Bale scored the second to remind Spurs fans, had they forgotten, exactly what they're missing, as Rafa Benitez's side progressed to the final where they will face Bayern Munich following their victory over Milan. 
    8/5/2015 11:25:46 AM
    But was it all doom and gloom for Spurs yesterday? Check out our player ratings below!
    8/5/2015 11:36:55 AM
    In the build-up to the match, Spurs are reliving past glories against the Serie A giants. Remember that one? Bet Peter Crouch does!

    8/5/2015 12:30:00 PM

    Harry Kane didn't have the most spectacular of games yesterday and manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he needs to bring in a striker to complement the Englishman's talent.

    You can read the full story above.

    8/5/2015 12:49:02 PM
    But who is in the frame to join the north Londoners' frontline?

    Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez has been linked with a switch to White Hart Lane throughout the summer and has asked the Red Devils to drop his asking price in an effort to secure a move.

    You can see the full story by following the link below.
    8/5/2015 1:10:00 PM
    It doesn't sound like Spurs are in for an easy evening, if AC Milan manager Sinisa Mihajlovic's comments are anything to go by.

    He's urged his side to improve after they were dispatched by Bayern Munich courtesy of a 3-0 scoreline yesterday.

    8/5/2015 1:30:00 PM
    It sounds like Milan are going to be up for it but can any match involving Nigel de Jong ever really be considered a 'friendly'?

    The Dutchman doesn't mind getting stuck in. Just ask Xabi Alonso. Oof!

    8/5/2015 1:50:00 PM
    De Jong was up to his old tricks again yesterday after getting involved in an old fashioned slanging match with Bayern boss Pep Guardiola.

    But only one man came out on top in the fashion stakes and that was Pep. The Spaniard still gave as good as he got, mind you.


    8/5/2015 2:14:39 PM
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    While some players will be walking on eggshells if they feature tonight, I'm looking at you Harry Kane, others will be hoping to force their way into contention for the trip to Old Trafford.

    Dele Alli is one such man. The 20-year-old was delighted to have made his first start for the club against Madrid.

    He even managed to cap his display with a glorious nutmeg on Luka Modric.

    8/5/2015 2:40:00 PM
    8/5/2015 2:55:00 PM
    Team news will be with us shortly and we'll bring that to you as soon as we have it, quick as a flash.

    But I just can't help thinking about that trip to Manchester United.

    Who will Mauricio Pochettino give the nod to? Have any of the new boys done enough to feature? Or will the Argentine stick to the tried and tested?

    Here's a suggestion:

    That could all change depending on tonight's events in Munich.
    8/5/2015 3:05:00 PM
    The team news hasn't reached us quite yet, so how about a bit of Peter Crouch themed nostalgia from the last time Spurs took on Milan?

    8/5/2015 3:22:10 PM

    8/5/2015 3:25:28 PM
    Nacer Chadli leads the line for Spurs, while Harry Kane has been given a well deserved break.

    Elsewhere, Eric Dier's midfield experiment is set to continue.


    8/5/2015 3:28:58 PM
    Young goalkeeper Luke McGee has also been handed an opportunity to impress between the sticks.


    8/5/2015 3:32:06 PM
    The armband has been handed to Jan Vertonghen, who is a candidate for the captaincy on a full time basis.

    8/5/2015 3:34:17 PM

    8/5/2015 3:36:32 PM
    So the big guns Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano aren't going to be on show from the start and Tottenham's defence will have to try and contain the likes of Alessio Cerci and Alessandro Matri.

    Let's not forget the unpredictable weapon that is Philippe Mexes. We all know what he's got in his locker.


    8/5/2015 3:44:16 PM
    Back to Tottenham and the issue of the captain's armband.

    Younes Kaboul was elected skipper by his colleagues last season after Mauricio Pochettino allowed his players to choose their leader, but that didn't turn out too well, did it?

    So - Who deserves to be the Frenchman's successor?

    8/5/2015 3:49:11 PM
    8/5/2015 3:54:00 PM
    News of Milan's substitutes has just crawled through the door.

    Commas? They're overrated.

    8/5/2015 3:57:00 PM
    Kick off is less than 15 minutes away and Tottenham's players are being put through their paces. Easy on those hamstrings! 

    8/5/2015 4:05:20 PM
    Meanwhile, Tottenham's ankles should be safe, for now, given that Nigel de Jong has only made the substitutes bench.

    8/5/2015 4:07:16 PM
    12 mins: Spurs are in the groove here and stroking the ball around confidently. Milan are defending deep when their opponents have the ball and the Italians are yet to settle.
    8/5/2015 4:29:52 PM
    14 mins: The ball breaks kindly for Alessandro Matri who attempts to chip the ball over Luke McGee, but the youngster's dive is only for the benefit of the cameras.
    8/5/2015 4:31:59 PM
    17 mins: Ben Davies has enjoyed a lively start, pushing forward at every opportunity and also getting involved in a stand off with striker Alessandro Matri. The Welshman certainly has plenty of fire in his belly.
    8/5/2015 4:33:54 PM
    21 mins: Nacer Chadli picks out an onrushing Joshua Onomah and the 18-year-old attempts to control the ball on his chest, but it just drifts away from him. The energetic start from the youngster has proven to be a real handful for Milan's defence.
    8/5/2015 4:38:27 PM
    25 mins: Milan launch their first real attack of the game but, after a couple of sharp passes, Alessandro Matri puts his effort too close to Luke McGee.
    8/5/2015 4:42:04 PM
    26 mins: Straight down the other end and Nacer Chadli is the man to threaten once again but gets dispossessed as he attempts to work himself room to shoot. 

    It's been a good evening for the big Belgian so far.

    8/5/2015 4:44:15 PM
    30 mins: The Allianz Arena crowd send a Mexican wave around the stadium. Are you not entertained? We get our first shot of Mauricio Pochettino and the Argentine coach is animated to say the least, but Spurs are in control in my book.
    8/5/2015 4:48:15 PM
    32 mins: Tom Carroll latches onto Erik Lamela's perfectly weighted through ball but the midfielder's effort is clawed away by Christian Abbiati. Great save. 

    Excellent link up play between the two Spurs men but Milan's defence are playing like they've never met before.
    8/5/2015 4:50:26 PM
    38 mins: Eric Dier dwells on the ball inside Tottenham's third of the pitch and has his pocket picked by Suso, who ducks one challenges and launches an effort goalwards, but Luke McGee collects comfortably.
    8/5/2015 4:55:09 PM
    Eric Dier cannot be accused of a lack of effort, but he doesn't look suited to a central midfield role. Is he destined to become the new Phil Jones?

    By which I mean unable to make a position his own, not the funny faces.
    8/5/2015 4:56:31 PM
    41 mins: Riccardo Montolivo is withdrawn looking worse for the wear after being caught on the head by a stray knee from Nacer Chadli. Nigel de Jong is brought on in his place. How long will it be until the Dutchman commits his first foul?
    8/5/2015 4:59:26 PM
    HALF-TIME: The referee blows for the interval and Spurs were by far the livelier side. Nacer Chadli's thunderous effort set the tone for the rest of the encounter and Mauricio Pochettino's men have only been troubled in defence in glimpses.
    8/5/2015 5:02:13 PM
    It's been all about Nacer Chadli so far. The Belgian scored 11 goals in the Premier League last season and definitely has his shooting boots on ahead of Saturday's trip to Old Trafford.

    8/5/2015 5:06:34 PM
    So, as you've probably heard by now, Tottenham launched their new purple third kit during yesterday's defeat to Real Madrid.
    8/5/2015 5:08:44 PM
    8/5/2015 5:10:00 PM
    46 mins: One Spurs sub at the start of the second half as Kevin Wimmer replaces Jan Vertonghen.
    8/5/2015 5:17:25 PM
    Ready to feel old? 16-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has also been brought on at the interval. He was born in 1999. Deary me.

    8/5/2015 5:19:36 PM
    53: Kieran Trippier bursts forward and attempts to put the ball back across goal, but his effort turns into a cross shot that hits the side netting.
    8/5/2015 5:25:18 PM
    54 mins: Here come the changes for Tottenham and it's superb news for the White Hart Lane faithful.

    Hugo Lloris has replaced Luke McGee.

    8/5/2015 5:27:34 PM
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