Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DAWSON: IT'S TIME FOR US TO DELIVER; SKIPPER CALLS ON SPURS TO REPEAT INTER HEROICS AS THEY RETURN TO MILAN; It's Time for Us to Deliver, Insists Dawson

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DAWSON: IT'S TIME FOR US TO DELIVER; SKIPPER CALLS ON SPURS TO REPEAT INTER HEROICS AS THEY RETURN TO MILAN; It's Time for Us to Deliver, Insists Dawson

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent, in Milan

MICHAEL DAWSON insists Tottenham will not be overawed by AC Milan tonight and urged his team-mates to "deliver" as they target a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Spurs return to the San Siro for the last-16, first-leg clash just four months after finding themselves 4-0 down after 35 minutes against Inter on the same ground, before Gareth Bale's remarkable second-half hat-trick restored some credibility.

Bale will miss the match with a back problem. Peter Crouch has had an injection in a bid to cure a similar problem and Luka Modric is only expected to be among the substitutes after having his appendix removed.

Rafael van der Vaart is set to play after recovering from a calf problem but Tottenham's injury crisis is so deep that manager Harry Redknapp may be forced to name two goalkeepers on the bench.

But Dawson, who missed playing Inter in the group stage through injury, insists Spurs will not be intimidated by facing the Serie A leaders in their first-ever Champions League knockout tie.

"It's always disappointing to miss out on games like that and I've missed a few this season in the Champions League," he said. "But, hopefully, I'll now be involved at the San Siro.

"As kids, we all watched the Champions League and to be involved is something really special. It's a fantastic competition.

"I'm sure it will be another great experience but we can't let the occasion get to us. We've been there before already this season and that will help. We'll be prepared.

"We'll look to get a good result to bring back to White Hart Lane. We all know how good we are at home and the place will be rocking for the second leg. We always said we could beat anyone on our day and we've showed that already.

"When we lost 4-3 against Inter, I knew the next day when I spoke to the lads that there was massive belief in the changing room that Inter wouldn't fancy coming to White Hart Lane -- and they were right. …

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