Crouch hails worthy Spurs
Peter Crouch admits he cannot wait to play amongst the cream of Europe in the Champions League.
By Carla Hilton
Last Updated: 26/08/10 4:35pm
Peter Crouch admits he cannot wait to play amongst the cream of Europe in the UEFA Champions League.
Tottenham coasted through the second leg of their play-off at White Hart Lane by beating Young Boys 4-0 (6-3 on aggregate) with Crouch bagging a hat-trick.
Spurs will know their fate in the next phase of Europe's elite competition by teatime on Thursday, when the draw for the group stages takes place live on Sky Sports News.
Crouch, who paid tribute to the fans for their incredible support, says it has been a long time coming for Spurs, who have waited 48 years to be in such company.
"The Barcelonas, the Inter Milans, Real Madrids: We've got the opportunity to play them and I think the fans are all looking forward to it," he said.
"I thinks it's been too long for this club. It's a club that should be in the Champions League."
Crouch believes Spurs have as much star quality as the rest, and says that fortress White Hart Lane will prove a tricky ground for any visiting side.
He said: "I've been lucky enough to get to the final with Liverpool and I wouldn't say this side is any worse than that.
"I genuinely believe that we've got some fantastic, match-winning players.
"If we're organised and do a job away from home, I don't think any team will enjoy coming to White Hart Lane.
"We've got the players to take the game to them and, if we're on our game, we can beat anyone."
The England striker admits it is fitting that the final will be staged at Wembley given that there are three London teams in the group stages - a first for a city in an individual campaign.
"That'll be some final. If an English team get there, it'll be a magnificent atmosphere," he said.
"To play at Wembley is a fantastic occasion for any game but for a Champions League final, it makes the mouth water."