Crouch hails Tottenham talent
Peter Crouch believes the Spurs squad is better than Liverpool's Champions League runners-up in 2007.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 26/11/10 11:07am
Peter Crouch believes the current Tottenham squad is better than Liverpool's UEFA Champions League runners-up in 2007.
Crouch has relished playing at European football's top table as he scored eight goals from nine Champions League starts in 2006/07 before coming off the bench as Liverpool were beaten 2-1 by AC Milan in the final.
The 29-year-old has returned to the competition this season with Tottenham and has scored six in six to make it 17 in his last 28 Champions League appearances for Liverpool and Spurs.
The England striker's latest strike sealed a 3-0 win over Werder Bremen on Wednesday and sealed Tottenham's passage into the knock-out stage with one group game to spare.
Spurs have high hopes for the round of 16 having beaten defending champions Inter Milan in their group, while the likes of Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart have been in scintillating form.
And asked if he was in the best group of players he has ever been involved with, Crouch said: "I think it might be.
"We had some great individuals when I was at Liverpool and we managed to reach a Champions League final, which was fantastic. But as a group of players I don't think I've played with better really.
"It's not just that; we have a young squad. We have so many international players waiting to get on and get a game and it's just a pleasure being part of it."
Crouch admitted some at White Hart Lane feared for the worst when they were drawn in the same group as the holders and perennial Champions League qualifiers Werder Bremen.
But Spurs have shown they are a force to be reckoned with, beating Inter, Werder and Dutch side FC Twente at home while coming back from 4-0 down with 10 men to lose 4-3 at Giuseppe Meazza.
"When the draw came up with Inter Milan it could have been a lot easier," Crouch said.
"But we've got such quality in our dressing room that we shouldn't be afraid of anyone. We've proved that, even this week. We beat Arsenal and won another Champions League game quite comfortably.
"I said right from the start when I came to this club, when I looked around the dressing room, and thinking how we've not achieved anything. I think it's only a matter of time.
"Last season finishing fourth was a great achievement but we can go one better and try to win something this year," he added.
"It's exciting stuff. We don't want to get too carried away but it's looking good. We all enjoy playing at White Hart Lane and under the lights in the Champions League.
"The players love it, the fans love it and the only way you cement that other than winning it is by finishing fourth. We have to make sure we are as consistent in the league as we are in the Champions League at the moment.
"It's a dream come true for someone like me to just get on the end of things. It's exciting times and hopefully we can go on and do well in Europe."