Peter Crouch revealed how he ‘never wanted to punch anyone more’ than Real Madrid’s star
Tottenham fans will look back fondly on their Champions League campaign in the 2010/11 season – until their quarter-final tie against Real Madrid is brought up that is.
Memorable performances against Inter Milan which saw Gareth Bale come of age was followed by a last-16 triumph over seven-time winners AC Milan.
But the dreaming Spurs fans were brought straight back to reality as Real Madrid inflicted a 4-0 defeat on Harry Redknapp’s side in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.
An Emmanuel Adebayor brace, plus goals from Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo put the tie to bed with the Spanish giants then winning the second leg 1-0 at White Hart Lane.
Real Madrid took the lead after just four minutes at the Bernabeu but the course of the tie changed ten minutes later when Spurs were reduced to ten men as Peter Crouch picked up two quick-fire yellow cards.
The first was for a challenge on Sergio Ramos – Crouch admitting himself he was too ‘excitable’, however, the former striker takes massive issue with his second yellow.
He told Paddy Power’s From the Horses Mouth podcast: “The dressing room is underneath the stadium and there are tiers upon tiers of fans and you can hear them. I’m sat in the dressing room with a towel over my head, hearing goal after goal after goal going in and I’m thinking: ‘that’s down to me’. That was a low point and a big regret.
“I do have a little excuse when it comes to the cards though. The first one was me being excitable, so I can give the referee that. It was a tackle on Sergio Ramos.
“For the second one, I went to block a ball down the line from Marcelo and I did dive in a bit, but I didn’t touch him.
“He’s jumped up in the air and rolled around, and there is a camera angle where you can see he looks at the referee and he celebrates as the red card comes out then he jumps back up.”
Crouch later revealed that it was Marcelo’s reaction that really got on his nerves.
The England international saying he needed to hold himself back from getting himself in even bigger trouble.
He added: “I’ve never wanted to punch anyone more in my life! For them, that was seen as a win.
“They’ve won the game and they played me. I was naive to let myself get caught up in that.”