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Harry wants attacking approach

Harry Redknapp will urge his team not to restrict their attacking principles and insist they throw everything they have got at AC Milan when they take on the Italian giants on Wednesday.

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Redknapp's team hold a 1-0 lead over Milan thanks to Peter Crouch's late strike in the first leg of the last-16 tie in the San Siro two weeks ago.

The club's debut season in the Champions League has been characterised by a series of stunning attacking performances which has seen them rack up 25 goals in nine pulsating matches.

At the same time, they have shipped 14 goals at the other end, leading to suggestions they will find it hard not to concede an away goal on Wednesday night despite the first-leg shut-out.

But Redknapp insists that with a squad blessed with the attacking talents of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart, he will find it impossible to tell his side to sit back and hold out for a goalless draw.

"When you have that advantage in a two-legged game, if you sit back and think you have the lead then you find yourself in trouble," Redknapp said. "We have to treat it as a one-off and we have to go for it.

"We're at home and we have to go and try to win the game. It's not natural for us to sit on a 1-0 lead for 90 minutes.

"We will pick an attacking team and have a go at them, that's how we have got to play."

The first leg of the match was marred by ugly scenes which included a horror tackle from Matthieu Flamini on Vedran Corluka and a Gennaro Gattuso headbutt on Spurs' assistant Joe Jordan.

Gattuso received a four-match ban for his actions, but Flamini will play at White Hart Lane, where the former Arsenal man is guaranteed to get a hostile reception.

Gattuso's agent claimed his client clashed with Jordan after the Scot made a "racist" comment towards him - an accusation which Jordan vehemently denies.

Gattuso will not travel to London for Wednesday's game and Redknapp now believes the matter has been closed.

"I think Joe has moved on from it now," he said. "He's the quietest man in the world away from football, you couldn't meet a nicer guy."

Spurs fans have been treated to a number of high-octane European nights at White Hart Lane this year, including November's memorable 3-1 beating of holders Inter Milan.

The Londoners also came close to beating Inter in the San Siro the previous month, when Gareth Bale, who is a doubt for Wednesday's game with a back injury, scored a hat-trick in the club's 4-3 defeat.

The experience has left Redknapp desperate for his team to qualify for the competition next year.

"It would be nice to do it again," he said. "The first year has been special. You want to do it every year - you want to be in the Champions League if you can. We are there pushing for it again which is good for us."


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