Crouch eyes Rafa reminder
Peter Crouch hopes to remind Rafa Benitez of his qualities when Tottenham visit Inter Milan.
Last Updated: 17/10/10 12:22pm
Peter Crouch hopes to remind Rafa Benitez of his qualities when Tottenham visit Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League.
Crouch decided to leave Liverpool for Portsmouth in 2008 after becoming frustrated with his lack of opportunities under Benitez at Anfield.
The striker then moved to White Hart Lane and helped Spurs seal qualification for Europe's premier competition.
He is relishing the chance to face Inter on Wednesday and admits it would be especially pleasing to get on the scoresheet because of his history with Benitez.
Reflecting on his time with Liverpool, Crouch told said: "It was frustrating because I didn't feel that I got enough chances under Rafa.
"I would come in and score a couple of goals and then be out the next week. And that is why I had to leave.
"Rafa took me from Southampton to Liverpool and he knows I am a good player, but he is not the type of manager that explains his decisions to you."
Crouch has played more regularly at Tottenham and is happy to have the backing of current boss Harry Redknapp.
He added: "I wouldn't say I've enjoyed it more (at Spurs) but it would be nice to get a goal (in Milan) anyway.
"The manager at Tottenham has faith in me."
Spurs will be without in-form playmaker Rafael van der Vaart for the trip to Italy after he was sent off in their last European encounter against FC Twente.
But Crouch believes Tottenham can perform well without the suspended Dutchman and pick up a famous result.
"It is very disappointing to be without him, he has been on fire since he came here," said Crouch.
"But we can cope. We have a fantastic squad.
"This is a massive game for everyone and it shows how far the club has come."