Crouch out to make history
Peter Crouch wants the current crop at Tottenham to become a famous part of the White Hart Lane history.
Last Updated: 26/08/10 9:07pm
Peter Crouch wants the current crop at Tottenham to become a famous part of the White Hart Lane history after the club learnt their opponents for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.
Spurs will meet reigning champions Inter Milan, coached by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, Germany's Werder Bremen and Steve McClaren's one-time Dutch employers FC Twente in Group A.
Crouch was the man who helped Harry Redknapp's team to the group stages as the 29-year-old's hat-trick helped sweep aside Young Boys in a 4-0 play-off second-leg win at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.
The victory secured Tottenham's first European Cup campaign for almost half a century and it was to the legendary 1961 double-winning team, who went on to reach the semi-finals, that Crouch's thoughts turned after his own heroics.
"The double-winning 60s side was part of such a fantastic era in Tottenham's history and we've got a chance to try to be a part of that history," he said.
And the former Liverpool striker has also confessed how he was inspired by the famous Champions League anthem against Young Boys, the first time he had heard it while on the field for a game for more than two years after leaving Anfield.
"It's such an amazing theme tune, isn't it?" Crouch said. "You stand there and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and all the crowd get going.
"When you hear that music, you realise you're playing the biggest competition in the world."
Meanwhile, club secretary Darren Eales does not think that the likes of Inter and Bremen will be relishing visiting White Hart Lane.
"They say there are no easy games and it's certainly true of the group we've got," Eales told Sky Sports News.
"But in the game against Young Boys we had a wonderful atmosphere. Night games in Europe at White Hart Lane...we could be matches for anyone. We could be one of the teams people were fearful to draw.
"We're certainly not looking too far ahead, we're just looking to give a good account of ourselves and we're looking at getting into the knockout stage first, that's our first aim."