Belfast Telegraph

We want Real Madrid, says Tottenham Hotspur hero Peter Crouch

Hat-trick hero Peter Crouch fired Tottenham Hotspur into the Champions League group stages and then called out Europe's biggest names.

Crouch hit three of Spurs' four unanswered goals against Young Boys at White Hart Lane to secure a 6-3 aggregate win and guarantee their place in the lucrative first round proper.

Jermain Defoe scored the other as the hosts erased memories of their defeat in Bern last week, leaving Crouch unconcerned by the quality of opposition now facing his side.

"This is massive, we played extremely well and we deserved the bonus of Champions League football," Crouch told ITV1.

"That's why we worked so hard last season. We want massive games. We want Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

"You don't know how good you are until you play against the best."

Defoe, who is set for an injury lay-off after postponing an operation to take part in the match, added: "All the hard work we put in last season has paid off now. This means the world to us.

"It's all about Champions League football. We know we can play on this stage."

Manager Harry Redknapp described the achievement as his dream scenario when he arrived at White Hart Lane.

"It's fantastic, it's a long time since Tottenham played in the top European competition," he said.

"To get in the main competition and the group stages...when I came here that was the dream for me."

Spurs can now look forward to some handsome funds from the group stages, but Redknapp has no plans to spend lavishly before the end of the transfer window.

"I don't think so, people think I like to keep signing players, that's not true at all. I always wanted a squad where I don't need to sign players.

"I won't be pushing the chairman to buy players, not at all. Unless we can really improve the squad we'll sit tight."

Redknapp also suggested that Defoe would be going under the knife next week as planned, despite some suggestions to the contrary from the striker."

"Yesterday they said he'd have to have the operation. He's booked in as far as I know so unless there's a change of plan I don't know, I'm not a medical man."

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