Spurs ace blasts Berbatov
Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has aimed a swipe at Dimitar Berbatov, labelling him an 'arrogant snob.'
Last Updated: 28/02/09 10:07am
Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has aimed a swipe at Dimitar Berbatov, labelling him an 'arrogant snob' ahead of Sunday's Carling Cup final.
Spurs take on Berbatov's Manchester United in Sunday's first showpiece final of the season and there has been bad blood between Spurs supporters and Berbatov since the Bulgarian's acrimonious departure in the summer.
Pavlyuchenko has launched a scathing attack on Berbatov and believes the Bulgarian would not be warmly welcomed back at White Hart Lane, unlike returning hero Robbie Keane.
"Robbie Keane returned to the Spurs as if he never left the club," Pavlyuchenko told Russian paper Gazeta Daily .
"It's evident that he's a man of authority inside the team which is good for us. He was always liked as far as I can judge.
"If Berbatov returned it would be taken quite differently. I heard tales that he was an arrogant snob who after a training session would just throw his dirty boots to the man who takes care of our footwear saying: 'Clean them for me!'
"No one likes such people. Still he's now playing for Manchester United."
The Russia international also admitted it would be a dream for him to one day join Manchester United.
Asked if he would like to play for United, Pavlyuchenko said: "It would be wrong not to dream about this.
"I have realised that the English Premier League is exactly why you should start playing football in the first place.
"And Manchester United is the leader of it. Once your first dream comes true you must start dreaming of another target."
Pavlyuchenko knows the importance of Sunday's match and has set his sights on scoring in the final.
"I very much want to score in that match," added Pavlyuchenko.
"We lost to them in FA Cup. So the game is very important for us. First of all because it's about a title. In football you need to win titles.
"So far I have only won the Russian Cup with Spartak and would like to feel those winner's emotions again.
"Secondly, it's a ticket to the Uefa Cup. Third, it means a chance to avenge our previous loss.
"And fourth, it will boost our self-assurance. It's hard to over-estimate the importance of that match."