Rafa always rated Crouch
Rafa Benitez does not believe that Peter Crouch will be looking to make a point when Spurs face Inter Milan.
Last Updated: 19/10/10 5:06pm
Rafa Benitez does not believe that Peter Crouch will be looking to make a point when Tottenham face Inter Milan.
The England international is set to line for Spurs in their UEFA Champions League clash at Giuseppe Meazza on Wednesday.
That contest will pitch him against his former boss at Liverpool, the man who denied him regular first-team football and ultimately pushed him out of the door to Portsmouth.
Benitez admits that he did not play Crouch as much as he would have liked, but insists he had no choice with other players in such fine form and claims he always rated the languid frontman.
"I think Crouch is a good lad, we bought him from Southampton and he didn't score for the first 14 games but I always remained close to him and I had a good relationship with him," said the Spaniard.
"I also wanted to keep him in my team but (Steven) Gerrard and (Fernando) Torres scored 55 goals (between them) and at that point it was difficult."
Benitez is bracing himself for a tough test against Spurs in midweek, despite Harry Redknapp's side still finding their feet in Europe's premier club competition.
Inter skipper Javier Zanetti, who lifted the trophy last season, is also wary of the threat posed by the Premier League outfit and insists the Nerazzurri will be taking nothing for granted.
"I believe Tottenham are a very good team and, above all, they are dangerous on the counter," he said.
"They are very, very speedy players.
"We need to pay particular attention, too, to the set-piece because they are very dangerous.
"We have not to underestimate anyone."