Striker eyes UCL glory

Crouch: Spurs can go all the way

March 11, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Tottenham striker Peter Crouch believes his side can win this season's Champions League and insists he would welcome the opportunity to face tournament favourites Barcelona.

Peter Crouch
GettyImagesPeter Crouch is determined to reach his second Champions League final

Crouch scored the only goal of the tie - in a 1-0 win at the San Siro - as Spurs beat AC Milan over two legs to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

And after disposing of the Serie A leaders, Crouch says Tottenham are supremely confident of getting all the way to the final at nearby Wembley Stadum on May 28.

Shakhtar Donetsk, Schalke and Barca have already joined Spurs in the last eight, while Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are favourites to join them next week. But Crouch believes Harry Redknapp's side have what it takes to beat any of those teams.

"Why can't we go all the way? Wembley is just up the road, there is not far to go now and we are starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel," Crouch said.

"Barcelona are fantastic and a joy to watch but we have match-winners too and have shown that, when needs be, we can be resilient too. I can't give you one reason why we can't get to the final.

"Barcelona would be difficult - they are the team to beat, without a doubt. They gave a display the other night of what they can do. But here, on our day at White Hart Lane and with the crowd behind us, anything is possible.

"We can achieve anything now. We have good enough players to achieve big things and this result has gone a long way to proving that. If you look at the attacking talent AC have, it's great credit to our whole team for two clean sheets and defending so well over two legs."

Crouch is the only player in the Spurs squad who can boast previous Champions League final experience, having come on as a substitute for Liverpool when they lost the 2007 showpiece to Milan in Athens.

But the England striker believes Spurs' current crop possess more quality than the Reds side that finished runners-up in four years ago.

"Individually we are a better team," he said. "When we reached the final we were extremely well organised, knew our jobs inside out. But Tottenham have better individuals and better attacking flair going forward."