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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

By ESPN Staff

Seedorf defends Flamini

Clarence Seedorf has launched a passionate defence of his AC Milan team-mate Matthieu Flamini ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Spurs beat Milan 1-0 at the San Siro three weeks ago to record a memorable victory, but their achievements were overshadowed by Gennaro Gattuso's headbutt on Joe Jordan and Flamini's reckless challenge on Vedran Corluka.

Flamini slid in late with a two-footed tackle on Corluka which sent the Croatian flying into the air but only earned the Frenchman a yellow card.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp slammed the former Arsenal man for the tackle, insisting that Corluka was lucky to escape with an ankle sprain rather than a broken leg.

The former Arsenal man did little to endear himself to the Spurs fans by appearing to revel in the foul by punching the air in the direction of the Milan fans.

The midfielder is sure to receive a hostile reception in the second leg at White Hart Lane but Seedorf is confident that he will be able to deal with the pressure. The Dutchman also believes that Flamini was only guilty of committing a foul that happens on a regular basis in the Premier League.

"I've seen a lot of challenges in the Premier League and there are a lot of challenges here like that," Seedorf said. "He brought it to Italy, simple. He will be okay. He will approach tomorrow like he approaches all the games."

Gattuso's antics earned him a four-match ban, meaning he will miss the second leg.

The Milan captain's suspension has left head coach Massimiliano Allegri short of midfielders as he is already without Italy duo Andrea Pirlo and Massimo Ambrosini.

Seedorf, who could skipper the Rossoneri, is confident that the team will be able to overturn the 1-0 deficit despite the absence of their tenacious midfield general.

"We know how important Gattuso is, but there are a lot of players not there for us. We already have a nice list of players not here, like Pirlo and Ambrosini. Without them we have had great results. Those coming in must perform well and that is what we must do."


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