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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Crouch: Spurs can go all the way

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Peter Crouch of Tottenham applauds the crowd during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan at White Hart Lane on March 9, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: William Gallas (R) of Tottenham clears the effort of Robinho (3R) of Milan off the line during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan at White Hart Lane on March 9, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Steven Pienaar (2R) and Sandro (R) of Tottenham challenge Ignazio Abate of Milan during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan at White Hart Lane on March 9, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Peter Crouch believes that even Barcelona may not be good enough to stop Tottenham reaching the Champions League final this season.

Spurs edged into the last eight of the competition with a 1-0 aggregate win over AC Milan thanks to Crouch's second-half strike in the San Siro three weeks ago.

A dream tie against the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United, or Arsenal's conquerors Barcelona could be on the cards for the north Londoners next month.

Harry Redknapp's team have seen off Milan, holders Inter, FC Twente, Werder Bremen and Young Boys, to make it through to the quarter-finals, leaving Crouch confident that Spurs can beat any team left in the competition.

"Why can't we go all the way?" he said. "It doesn't matter who we get. We have just beaten the Italian league leaders.

"Barcelona were a joy to watch against Arsenal but we've got match-winners and we've proved we can be resilient, so why can't we get to the final?

"Barcelona are the team to beat and if we drew them in the next round it would be difficult but on our day at White Hart Lane and with the crowd behind us, we can beat anyone."

Crouch tasted defeat in the 2007 final with Liverpool when the Reds lost 2-1 to Milan in Athens.

"Individually, we're better than that Liverpool team," said Crouch.

"We were very organised and knew our jobs inside out (at Liverpool) but we have better individuals and more attacking flair here."

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