Harry Redknapp admits he has ‘got that buzz’ ahead of tonight’s momentous Champions League clash with AC Milan at the San Siro.
The manager describes Europe’s elite club competition as ‘another level’ of football and has been soaking up the atmosphere ahead of the Round of 16 First Leg tie since arriving in Italy yesterday.
And although facing a team currently sitting top of Serie A and in fine form could seem a daunting task for his side, Harry feels games like this are what it’s all about.
He said: “Champions League football is another level. It's what you all dream about. You can see why players want to play for clubs in the Champions League.
“We turned up at the airport with all the fans, got to the hotel and had Claudio Gentile in there, Wesley Sneijder came to see Rafa. It's got a great atmosphere and I'm starting to get that buzz.
“It's been fantastic. To draw Milan was a good draw, one of the top clubs in world football. Coming to the San Siro to play the team that's top of the Italian league - it's a great game for us.”
And Harry insists his team will take it by the scruff of the neck.
Despite finding ourselves four goals down within half an hour, before Gareth Bale’s second half hat-trick, in our last visit to the San Siro to face Inter back in October, the manager has stated we have no intention of shutting up shop against Massimo Allegri’s side.
Harry added: “I don’t want to concede bags of goals for sure. We can’t afford to make the same mistakes and start like that [against Inter] again.
“But we have not got the players to come here and shut up shop - we are an attacking team and that is how I like it.
“Attacking football is what has got us here in the first place. We have had a go throughout this competition so we will have a right go again at the San Siro.
“We have to give ourselves a chance for when we take them back to the Lane. At home with a full house we can give anybody a go.”