Conte warns Milan that his Spurs team can turn a tie in London

Antonio Conte insisted Tottenham could overturn their first-leg deficit after a 1-0 loss at Milan in the Champions League.

Brahim Diaz made an early breakthrough, scoring in the seventh minute at the San Siro when he headed in from close range after Fraser Forster had saved from the Spaniard and Theo Hernandez.

Milan could have taken the lead in the second half but there was no chance, which gave Tottenham reasonable grounds for hope ahead of the second leg on March 8 in London.

Former Inter boss Conte wants the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to have the same kind of atmosphere that Spurs enjoyed at the San Siro, believing it could help Spurs reach the quarter-finals.

He told BT Sport: “You have to play two games. It was a great atmosphere. I know San Siro, and I know the difficulty of playing in this atmosphere.

“Certainly in the second game we have to play in our stadium and certainly all the fans will create the right atmosphere to push us to overcome the obstacle of Milan.”

His injured side were beaten 4-1 by Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday, while Conte was without Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg due to suspension for the last-16 first leg in Italy on Tuesday.

Pape Sarr and Oliver Skipp combined in midfield, with Yves Bissouma and Rodrigo Bentancur sidelined due to long-term injuries, and Conte liked what he saw, to an extent.

“I think it was better today – high intensity, and I think we were playing against a good team. Don’t forget Milan won the league last season in Italy,” said Conte.

“I think we can do a lot better to concede the first goal. We conceded a goal after maybe five minutes.

“Then we tried to lead the game, we tried to create situations to score, but I think Milan defended very well. We had a chance to score, but at the end we are talking about a defeat, a loss.”

He said of Sarr and Skipp: “I’m really happy for both players. They played a very good game and showed the confidence we have in them, they repaid this.

“Don’t forget we have three midfielders now and we have to continue maybe until the end of the season with these three midfielders, and this kind of performance from Skippy and Pape Sarr gives me more peace because he knows I have that I can rely on. they are 100 percent.

“And then we have Pierre Hojbjerg who is a key player for us.”

Skipp said of his first start in the competition: “It wasn’t the result we wanted, but the second leg is coming and we’re still right in the game.

“There were things we could have done better, things we did well. It was nice to get the manager’s trust.”

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