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Home from home for Carlo

Posted on 15 February 2011  - 12:00

Carlo Cudicini admits he'd rather have gone anywhere else but 'home' in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Home from home for Carlo

Carlo Cudicini admits he’d rather have gone anywhere else but ‘home’ in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Born in Milan, the ‘Rossoneri’ runs through Carlo’s blood. His father Fabio, also a goalkeeper, enjoyed great success at the San Siro between 1967-1972 and Carlo was brought through the youth system at the club, eventually playing twice for AC in the Champions League.

Carlo went on to play for Prato, Lazio and Castel di Sangro in Italy before a change of career took him to England and nine years at Chelsea, before his switch to Spurs in 2009.

He admitted it was quite emotional to step out at the San Siro again when Heurelho Gomes was unfortunately sent off in our group match against Inter, but this return to Milan would mean that little more.

“Before the draw I said ‘anyone, apart from AC Milan’ and, of course, we then drew AC Milan…” reflected Carlo, who also played in the return against Inter and loved every second of that famous 3-1 win at the Lane.

“It’s strange, because I’ve been playing Champions League football for 11 years and I’d been drawn against Milan once. Now, in the space of a few months, I’m going to the San Siro twice.

“AC Milan is my team. It’s the team I’ve supported basically since I was three or four years old. I grew up in the Milan Academy and it’s such a great club.

“It means so much for my family. My dad played there for five years and won absolutely everything.

“All my family are AC Milan supporters and it’s a great feeling to be playing against them. Of course, I want Tottenham to go through this tie but there is always a soft spot in my heart for AC Milan.”

Carlo described it as ‘a great joy’when we toppled Inter at the Lane.

“First, it was a fantastic experience to go back to the San Siro and play against my arch rivals, Inter. For me, it’s like Arsenal for Tottenham fans, so it was kind of crazy.

"It was a great joy when we played at White Hart Lane and managed to beat them.

“I think those matches gave us big belief. When you actually beat the holders, you realise you are there, you are in the Champions League. This is now the knockout stage. It’s in or out of the Champions League and we’ll be up for it.”