Gomes pleased to make amends after last San Siro trip ended in Red
Spurs stopper Heurelho Gomes has revealed how happy he was to atone for his last trip to Milan, after two world class saves kept AC Milan at bay last night.
The Brazilian international got himself sent off only 8 minutes into Spurs 4-3 group match defeat earlier in the season, but saw his side battle through to win their group and set up a tie with AC Milan.
Gomes pulled off two world class saves from headers from Milan defender, Yepes, and helped Tottenham record a 1-0 away victory in the first leg, and the goalkeeper admitted just how please he was that things turned out differently this time round.
“I tried to forget about getting sent off here but it helped me focus on playing well,” said Gomes
“The last time I played here it was not easy for me, leaving my team-mates with just 10 men – it’s hard enough playing here with 11 – so this was a much better night and we deserved this great win.
“I made a couple of good saves. It’s not easy to play at San Siro, which is why we had to stay focused for the whole game.”
Tottenham will be boosted by the news that left winger Gareth Bale will be back by the return leg in three week time, and that the extra break will give both Rafael van der Vaart and Luca Modric time to fully regain their fitness.
“We are growing in confidence all the time because we finished first in the group and now we have come here and won,” he said.
“This sort of result will strengthen our belief to keep going. We always knew we could do well in this competition because we have a great squad.
“We can rotate our players now: we lost Gareth Bale and Luka Modric only came on in the second half but the lads who started did great.”