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Stoke v Tottenham: Favours will have to wait as Peter Crouch backs Spurs for Premier League glory

By Phil Medlicott

Published 18/04/2016

Old boy: Peter Crouch hopes Spurs win the Premier League
Old boy: Peter Crouch hopes Spurs win the Premier League

Stoke striker Peter Crouch would love to see his former club Tottenham win the Barclays Premier League - but is ready to put a major dent in their title bid.

The Potters host Spurs tonight, with the north Londoners needing a win to keep alive their hopes of reeling in league leaders Leicester.

Crouch, at Tottenham for two seasons before joining Stoke in 2011, admits he hopes the London outfit can catch the Foxes, who are eight points clear having played a game more, and finish the campaign as champions.

But the 35-year-old has also stressed that his priority is his current side, who are looking to bounce back from their 4-1 defeat at another of his former clubs, Liverpool, last weekend - a match in which he made his first start since February 2.

Crouch said: "I would love to see Tottenham win the Premier League.

"It's a great club that has probably underachieved in recent seasons and I think for them go on and win it would be incredible.

"Obviously it would be incredible if Leicester were to do it too for so many reasons, but for me, having spent a good period of my career at White Hart Lane, I would like Spurs to nick it.

"First and foremost though we have to try and get the three points to get ourselves back on track following our defeat at Liverpool.

"The most important thing for us is not to worry about anybody else's season and concentrate on cementing ourselves in the top 10 and finishing as high as we can in the table.

"If in turn that compromises Tottenham's challenge for the title then so be it - my main priority right now is to help Stoke end the season well."

Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen is desperate to have the last laugh in his friendly feud with Danish team-mate and Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel as Tottenham's title rivalry with the Foxes gets serious.

Eriksen has been trying to stoke the fire over the last few weeks by sending texts to his Schmeichel and last month he joked it might not be a bad thing if the goalkeeper returned from international duty with a niggle or two.

"I just texted him the other day. I needed him to help me with (booking) a table in London, funnily enough. I said 'good luck winning...or not' and he said the same back.

"So of course we are still in contact and we're in the national team together and there are a lot of jokes, there is a good relationship between us.

"It's probably funnier to text each other now because of where we are in the league but it's just normal guy banter."

Schmeichel and his team-mates insist they are just enjoying the moment and not even thinking about being crowned champions in May. Eriksen, however, is sceptical.

"I think they are. Of course they are," Eriksen said. "When you are that close and you are coming from the position that they are in, of course they will be looking at the title. That is normal.

"Talking to the press you say things a little differently."

Tottenham have a mountain to climb but their run-in appears slightly kinder, with games against West Brom, Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle to follow the trip to the Britannia Stadium but Eriksen is confident Tottenham's title challenge is not a one-off.

"We have the team to play for the title and, if all the players stay, we can do better next season," Eriksen said.

Belfast Telegraph

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