Inter boss hails Tottenham as 'Champions League level'

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Inter Milan Andrea Stramaccioni is wary of the threat posed by Tottenham in the last 16 of the Europa League, and has hailed Andre Villas-Boas' side as 'Champions League level'.

Inter set up their clash with Spurs by virtue of a comfortable 5-0 aggregate win over Cluj in the last 32, with 2-0 win at the San Siro followed by a three-goal margin in Romania.

Spurs, meanwhile, secured their place in the next round of the competition after a last minute leveller from Mousa Dembele in Lyon provided the White Hart Lane club with the decisive goal in the tie.

Stramaccioni is now relishing the opportunity to pit his wits against Villas-Boas, but knows his Inter side will have to be somewhere near their best to overcome Spurs.

"They're a top side, at Champions League level, but we're Inter and we'll show what we're about," he told told

The meeting will conjure up memories of Spurs' maiden Champions League campaign, during which time they contested two breathtaking clashes with Inter in the group stages.

Gareth Bale netted a hat-trick in a 4-3 defeat at the San Siro, before inspiring Spurs to a 3-2 victory at White Hart Lane, with Harry Redknapp's men then knocking out AC Milan in the last 16.


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