Tottenham v Inter Milan: Key battles

Christian Chivu will be expected to shackle Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane. Photo: PA

Tottenham host Inter Milan in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie at White Hart Lane tomorrow.

Here we take a look at the battles which may decide the outcome of the match.

GARETH BALE v CRISTIAN CHIVU

Chivu needs no reminders as to how deadly Bale can be as the Romanian was in the Inter team which Bale scored a hat-trick against in the San Siro two-and-a-half years ago. The Welshman has become even more deadly since that night and now operates in a central role which will mean the 32-year-old centre-back is in for a busy night.

MOUSA DEMBELE v ESTEBAN CAMBIASSO

Dembele scored a peach of a strike in Lyon to send Tottenham through to the last 16, but he has otherwise struggled of late due to a niggling hip injury. His creativity and dribbling skills still make him a big threat for the hosts, though, and 32-year-old Cambiasso will need to draw on all his experience to shackle the Belgian.

WILLIAM GALLAS v RODRIGO PALACIO

Palacio could start in attack for Inter after manager Andrea Stramaccioni had a falling-out in training with Italy frontman Antonio Cassano. Centre-back William Gallas' experience has been vital for Spurs, but at 35 years old he remains vulnerable to a burst of pace and Argentinian Palacio would hope to take advantage of that tomorrow night.