Well, this is it one more hurdle to get into the next round of the Champions League and I feel we'll get a result to see us through. While our result today might have been a bit disappointing to most there were some very good positives to see from the game. Ex, strikers (Defoe) getting some confidence going into this game as well as Bale coming back and playing with no set backs, as of now (fingers crossed).
So with this game being at Lane we have definitely proven that were difficult to beat and have looked very very good in our past CL games this season at home. The lead we bring over from the first leg is a very tricky one to play with, some may prefer to defend our lead but IMO we have to take this game as if its 0-0 from the first leg. Complacency will only set us back in this game so we need to get out and attack from the off which Harry has said he will do.
We go 4 4 2 if VDV is out (which I think he will be on the bench to start since he trained Friday with the first team but seeing him not play today put some doubt in my mind). With Charlie full fit he will take the place of Hutton. I hope that our CBs and Disco show up to play as well because all 4 will be needed, as well Gomes but I'm not one to batter him when he gets the bulk of the blame at times.
So here's my XI
Bale comes back in and I'm assuming he'll start on the left but as I said earlier I think it's a possibility to see him and Lennon switch wings from time to time during this game. I want Sandro to keep his place in the team, he's earned it and has gotten better and better ever since the first leg of this tie.
Subs: Cudicini, Bassong, Palacios, Kranjcar, Pienaar, Defoe, Pav
and I see that I have used my maximum of 7 subs so I dont know who to replace VDV with but I feel we can still beat Milan without Rafa.
As far as Milan goes, they will certainly make some changes from our first game and their game this past weekend. They started with Marek Jankulovski in their back 4 this past weekend with Silva/Nesta as their CB pairing and Abate at RB. This was due to Van Bommel at DM (he's cup tied) so I'm expecting to see Silva pushed up to DM as he was in Milan Yepes returning at the back for them and possibly Antonini but he picked up an injury a few weeks back so I dont know if he'll feature. Boateng picked up an injury this past weekend and is a major doubt to play on Wednesday which also helps us out. Threat of Ibra/Robinho is always there and if we can deal with them then we should be alright, Pato wasnt on the bench for them this past weekend so I dont know if hes injured.
We can definitely finish this lot of and I'm feeling confident with getting a result COYS!