By Richard Parry at White Hart Lane
Peter Crouch has insisted that the Tottenham squad is the best group of players he’s ever played with, ahead of his side’s clash with former club Liverpool on Sunday.
The forward spent three seasons with the Merseyside giants between 2005 and 2008, and was part of the side which reached the Champions League final in 2007, losing 2-1 to AC Milan, as the Serie A side avenged the infamous defeat in Istanbul two years earlier.
Nonetheless, Spurs’ No.15 is adamant that his current team-mates are the strongest group of players he’s ever played with.
“We had some great individuals when I was at Liverpool, and we managed to reach the Champions League final – which was fantastic – but as a group of players I don’t think I’ve played with better,” said Crouch after Wednesday’s win over Werder Bremen.
“It’s not just the team, it’s the squad, the international players waiting to get on [from the substitutes' bench] and get a game. It’s just a pleasure being part of it [at Tottenham].”
The towering England striker helped the north Londoners to a resounding 3-0 victory over the Bundesliga side, bagging the third goal – his sixth of the European campaign – securing their passage to the last 16.
And having acquired a taste for European nights at White Hart Lane, Crouch insists he and his team-mates are eager to push on in the domestic campaign, in order to continue their love affair with Champions League football.
“I said right from the start when I came back to this club, I was looking round the dressing room thinking ‘how have we not achieved anything?’ and I think it’s only a matter of time," he noted.
“Last season finishing fourth was a great achievement but I think we can go one better and try and win something this year.
He added: “We all enjoy playing at White Hart Lane, under the lights in the Champions League – the fans love it, the players love it, and the way to cement that, other than winning it, is by finishing in the top four, so we have to make sure we’re consistent in the Premier League as we are in the Champions League at the minute.”
Younes Kaboul, who followed on from his match-winning goal in the north London win over Arsenal with the opening strike against Bremen, was quick to focus attentions towards Sunday’s clash with Roy Hodgson’s side, adamant that his side will attack from the offset.
“We’ve got a very big game on Sunday but you know we’re [the players] doing this job for playing those games, so we’re very happy, and we’re looking forward to playing against Liverpool,” said Kaboul.
“We’ll play with the same mentality as we did against Arsenal, and tonight [against Werder Bremen], and we just have to play our football and that way we can do something.
He added: “We play for winning, and hopefully Sunday will be the same.”