Spurs should follow Liverpool’s example in Champions League, says Crouch
PUBLISHED: 20:54 13 September 2010 | UPDATED: 09:14 17 September 2010
PETER Crouch believes that a well-organised, counter-attacking approach will be the key to picking up valuable points away from home in the Champions League.
The 29-year-old striker was part of the Liverpool squad that reached the final in 2007, with the Reds losing just two of their seven away ties en route to Athens.
Rafael Benitez’s side beat Barcelona in the Nou Camp before trouncing Heurelho Gomes’ PSV Eindhoven 3-0 in Holland in the knock-out stages.
And, as Tottenham prepare to travel to Germany to face Werder Bremen in their first ever Champions League clash tomorrow night, Crouch believes that Spurs would do well do adopt Liverpool’s counter-punching approach on the continent.
“I genuinely believe we’ve got enough ability about us. When I played in that Liverpool side that got the final, we were extremely well organised and I think that’s what you’ve got to be in the Champions League,” said Crouch.
“Defensively you’ve got to be right on your game, you’ve got to be extremely solid, and a lot of the time – certainly away from home – you’ve got to play a lot of counter-attacking football.
“That’s what we did at Liverpool but we’ve got some fantastic footballers here who can unlock defences, and if we’re solid and tactically aware there’s no limit to what we can achieve.”
Crouch will face his former manager when Spurs meet Benitez’s Inter Milan at the San Siro next month, and the Spaniard will be well aware of the 6ft 7ins striker’s prowess in Europe.
The Tottenham striker scored seven goals in the Champions League in 2006/07 and, having netted a hat-trick against Young Boys to send Spurs into the group stages last month, Crouch admits that he has an ongoing love affair with Europe’s elite tournament.
“It’s the best competition in the world for me, I don’t think any competition comes close,” he said.
“You never know how good you are until you’ve played the best teams in the world, and we’ve got the opportunity to do that now.
“I can’t put my finger on why I seem to do well in the Champions League but it’s certainly a competition that’s been good to me and hopefully it continues to be. I do really relish and enjoy the pressure, the expectation and the atmosphere.
“It’s all a build-up, the music makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, it all helps to get you up for the games. It certainly gets me in the mood and I know all the lads are the same. It’s a great competition to be a part of.
“To bring Europe to Tottenham is a great achievement. Having spoken to fans and former players, the Double-winning 60s side was such a fantastic era in Tottenham’s history. Hopefully we’ve got a chance to be a part of that history now.”
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