A clash decided by the smallest margins

What the game had to offer

AC Milan vs Tottenham was a game between two equally match sides across Europe. Both teams were in poor form ahead of this clash with Tottenham losing their last two games before the clash. Milan on the other hand only won three games across all competitions since returning from the World Cup. They lost five games in nine which is a poor record for the Serie A winners. 

AC Milan have the upper hand ahead of the second leg

Milan were seeking revenge against Tottenham from the 2010-11 where a Peter Crouch goal proved to be the only goal of the tie. The last time AC Milan made a knockout stage appearance was in 2014 almost a decade ago. Milan’s win against Tottenham saw them hoping to make a quarterfinals appearance for the first time since 2012 go up. These are signs that the glory days are slowly coming back for AC Milan. Brahim Diaz’s header had proved to be the only goal of the match. Milan had a chance to double their lead from De Ketelaere and Malik Thiaw but may live to regret that in the second leg. AC Milan will now have to switch their focus onto the Serie A as they are fifth in their league. A win against Monza will help them get back on track to play Champions League football next season. 

Tottenham seeking to get back in this tie in the second leg

Tottenham did not play the best game against AC Milan and will want to improve that if they are to qualify. They suffered a loss against Leicester before this match and will hope to turn their season around. Spurs never created many solid chances against Milan which is something to improve if they want to turn this tie around. This is a clash that was bound to go either way despite Tottenham entering as slight favorites. Spurs will want to refocus their attention to the premier league as they have a game against West Ham on Sunday. Tottenham are yet to win a trophy since 2008 and their quest for a trophy continues to go on. Spurs will want to save their season and go as far as possible in the Champions League which could possibly save Conte his job. 

What to expect from the second leg from both team

This is going to be a game where nobody will have anything to lose. Tottenham have not made it past the Round of 16 since 2019 and will be hoping to do so in the return leg. Tottenham will be at home and will have a significant advantage playing in front of their fans. Spurs will want to build as much confidence ahead of the 2nd leg as they know anything is possible. AC Milan will be looking to boost their season by going as far as possible in the Champions League. Tottenham are favorites to go through but one can never count out Milan.

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