Andre Villas-Boas planning to field strong team

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-BoasTottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that he plans to field a strong XI as his side face Inter Milan in their Europa League last-16 second-leg tie.

Spurs lead their Italian rivals 3-0, after an inspired performance at White Hart Lane last week.

Their clear numerical advantage has led some to speculate that Villas-Boas may rest key players in a bid to keep everybody fresh for the end of the season.

But, the Portuguese coach says that he will not be fielding a weakened team and is focused on getting the job done in the San Siro:

“There is no scoreline that could make us change six or seven players so we will play a strong team to make sure we go through in this competition. We take this game very seriously.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.

One key player who will be missing is Gareth Bale, with the Welshman’s yellow card in the first-leg ruling him out of the fixture.

The winger has been key in Spurs’ recent surge up the Premier League table, turning in a number of impressive displays and scoring some vital goals along the way.

It has been suggested that the Londoners are too reliant on Bale, but AVB is adamant that their game against Inter is not just a chance to prove they can cope without him:

“We’ve been in the situation where he is not with us and we got results,

“Gareth can make a difference in any game, we know. We will miss him but we won’t want to prove anything without him because we believe a lot in ourselves and also we believe in Gareth.

“It’s not a case of proving anything. We just want to do our job to get through.”

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