Technical pegs of Milan: the match against Tottenham will be equal

LONDON: Milan coach Stefano Pioli said on Monday that facing Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League round of 16 would be a draw. The draw for the round of 16, in program in February and March, sees the Italian champions against Tottenham. AC Milan booked their place in the knockout stage for the first time since the 2013-2014 season after winning 4-0 in home of Salzburg last week. “We didn’t expect an easy opponent in the round of 16, but we will be ready,” said Pioli in view of Tuesday’s match against Cremonese in difficulty in championship. Pioli praised his counterpart Antonio Conte, Tottenham coach, for giving the English team a great identity and mentality. “Two difficult games against a strong opponent led by a coach who teaches us well,” he added. Pioli indicated that it is important to conclude this period of the season before the World Cup in the best possible way. Milan is second in championship, six points behind the leaders Napoli. “(Cremonesi) will be determined, but we are too … I was expecting a balanced season, but the truth is different with a strong team like Napoli.” (Reuters)