Andre Vilas-Boas admits that he would prefer to have Gareth Bale clean for the further rounds of the Europa League.
However, Spurs' manager said not having the 23-year-old Welshman available for the second leg against Inter Milan would be a loss for his side.
The Portuguese said: "Gareth will obviously be a great miss. But had we known we’d get this result we would have asked him to get the yellow card to be clean and to be ready for the last eight. It’s not finished but we are in a good position.
"Gareth has been influential in consecutive games but hopefully we can make it without him and go through to the last eight."
AVB’s team defeated Inter 3-0 at White Hart Lane and the coach was pleased with his players.
He added: “It was a very good performance. It was a great night of European football for us.
"At half-time we really felt we could have gone further ahead. We had so many opportunities that, in the end, it was a great game of football. We really deserved to win.”
Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni also acknowledge Bale as an exceptional talent, however still feels his side can turn things around when they host the Spurs at the San Siro.
He said: “Bale is a great player but tonight was a great night for the whole Tottenham team. We had two great chances to score and couldn’t take them, that is our main regret.
"It’s going to be hard to turn it around in the second leg but we are Inter.”
However, even without Bale, the odds are highly stacked in the north London sides favour. If they are able to score an away goal in the return leg, then the Italians will have to score five of their own to make it to the quarter-finals.
The second leg at the San Siro takes place on Thursday 14th March.
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