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Peter Crouch Sends Spurs To Europe and Gives Capello a Message

 Peter Crouch Sends Spurs To Europe and Gives Capello a Message

Tottenham Hotspur has done it. They’ve struck gold by qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in their history. And they did it in style at the ground of the club who had the best chance of beating them to the honor.

Before Peter Crouch headed the ball into the back of the Manchester City net, I was planning on writing an article about him tonight. This is a player who never gives up and caused Manchester City problems all night by knocking the ball down for fellow teammates running on to the ball, and almost scoring earlier after his header hit the post.

But it wasn’t just this game where Crouch showed his prowess. He’s been doing it throughout his career but has never seemed to get a consistent run of games at Liverpool or Tottenham. But even when he was at Liverpool, he always added a lot of depth to Liverpool’s attacks and scored some brilliant goals in the Champions League. Earlier in his career, at Portsmouth and Aston Villa, he did get a regular starting position more frequently and it was at those two clubs where he shone.

Having said that, Tottenham’s 1-0 victory against Manchester City Wednesday night was a brilliant team performance. What impressed me the most about Spurs was the way they defended. Whenever City attacked down the wings, Tottenham quickly closed down the attacks and often prevented City from sending in deadly crosses. In particular, when Adam Johnson attacked down the right wing, Spurs defenders knew that Johnson would cut to his left to try to float the ball into the box. But each time the left-footed Johnson tried to do that, Tottenham defenders were right on top of him and quickly extinguished the threat.

I’ve always liked Peter Crouch especially when he’s been utilized for his skills on the ball rather than in the air. Wednesday night’s performance was a perfect example of what he can bring to England and he must be part of the squad perhaps instead of Emile Heskey who has had little playing time for Villa.

For Manchester City, it’s back to the drawing board. In the past few games they’ve showed the lack of creativity they so desperately needed Wednesday night. They came close many times, but Craig Bellamy again had a poor performance which I thought brought the team down. At the same time, City looked vulnerable in the back and had a difficult time dealing with the pace of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, although the latter was less influential than he usually is.

It’s been a long time waiting for Tottenham supporters around the world. But they did it in style and were deserved winners. It’s been an incredible season for Tottenham Hotspur and they now face the prospect of playing Burnley on Sunday knowing that a win against the Clarets and an Arsenal loss versus Fulham will put Tottenham in third place in the league and knock their hated rivals down into fourth. I don’t see it happening, but the pressure is all on Arsenal at this stage. Crazier things have happened before.

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13 Responses to Peter Crouch Sends Spurs To Europe and Gives Capello a Message

  1. Ringo says:

    Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur!!!!

  2. Matt says:

    Crazier things have happened… like tottenham coming down with food poisoning losing to west ham on the last day of the season some 4 years ago, opening to door for Arsenal to run over Wigan in the final match at Highbury…

    Welcome to the Champions League from Manchester United!

  3. Bobby says:

    I’ve always been a Peter Crouch fan, which has been difficult to balance recently given my loyalty to Arsenal as well, but having seen the crap he gets and how harshly he’s judged just for looking a bit different I have to say I am well pleased for him.

    When he was at Southampton I knew he was quite a player. He did a lot with limited support and even then I called for his inclusion in the England squad. His strike rate for England is superb and barring injury (knock on wood) Capello would be insane to not include him.

    It has to be said as well, in an age of up-the-own-ass athletes, Pete is a genuine breath of fresh air. He seems to be a genuinely good guy, somewhat intelligent as well.

  4. LI Matt says:

    What impressed me the most about Spurs was the way they defended. Whenever City attacked down the wings, Tottenham quickly closed down the attacks and often prevented City from sending in deadly crosses.

    I’d like to put in a word here for Younes Kaboul, who was outstanding at right-back.

    In 2007, injuries in the defense forced Jol to throw Kaboul in before he was ready, and it showed. I knew he’d get better eventually, and given the time to develop at Portsmouth he has.

  5. erik the viking says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    When the spurs
    Go marching in

  6. Tyson says:

    I’m a United fan but I have to say I love watching Tottenham play and I hope they get a good cash injection and challenge for the PL title one day even if they do go up against us for it.

    When they are doing the build up to the match they usually show the team line up. Your usual reaction is to spot who is playing and say “oh look theres Ronaldo, theres Kaka” etc etc. You always look for the key players, the star players in the game who can turn it on its head.

    Tottenham doesn’t really have any fancy multi-trillionaire players so you don’t see that in the line up but what you do see on the pitch is a team that plays like it has some telepathic communication system set up. They play so well together they truly are greater than the sum of their parts.

    For me Harry Redknapp is manager of the year and Tottenham didn’t only beat and put 20 goals past each bad team they played Tottenham accumulated points against some of the toughest teams in the league.

    It just shows if you buy a bunch of rich spoilt morons you don’t get anywhere. Put together a good team with players who put the teams cause before they put their own individual cause and you are playing great football.

    Onto Peter Crouch. I think Peter Crouch is simply somebody that needs to be on that plane at least. Peter Crouch is not a selfish goal hogger and Peter Crouch hasn’t built up a goal tally against lesser teams while being silent in the big games unlike somebody else we could name. He’s not one of those greedy goal hogger opportunist types and hes not a simpleton he can score in a variety of ways. His qualities are just fantastic and would compliment an inspired England performance.

    Well done Tottenham(can’t wait to see these guys play in the Champions League) and well done Crouchy.

    • Huh says:

      ‘It just shows if you buy a bunch of rich spoilt morons you don’t get anywhere’.

      I think your being a bit hard on Utd with this comment as they nearly did it i mean they’ve pushed Chelsea all the way! and they won that cup you so highly rated and wanted so desperatly.

      Which team has these ‘fancy multi-trillionaire players’ then numpty?
      It’s funny you think Redknapp will get the nod over Roy Hodgson at Fulham, but then again I haven’t known you right on anything yet, why change now eh?

      Bitter wally.

  7. MennoDaddy says:

    That’s just it. Man City has put together an all-star team that doesn’t PLAY as a team. Spurs have an outstanding team in every sense of the word. This squad has really jelled in the second half of the season. Just think of where they’d be if they hadn’t dropped points early on to Hull, Stoke, and Wolves (twice!!).

    That said, Spurs have got numerous players that will probably feature at least in the preliminary squad for England this summer: Defoe, Crouch, Lennon, Huddlestone, Ledley King, Dawson. Plus three Croatian nationals in Modric, Corluka and Kranjcar. This is a solid, solid club, but minus the European superstars that pepper squads like City, United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool.

    Yesterday’s game made me VERY proud to be an American Spurs supporter.

  8. brandon says:

    Best. Day. Ever. COYS~!

  9. ovalball says:

    I have always enjoyed watching Crouch play. He is more than a one-trick-pony. Of course he is no Rooney or Drogba, but in addition to his ball skills he absolutely distracts and occupies defenders, which opens things up for his teammates.

    I’d really like to see him make the English squad.

  10. Bopper says:

    Good victory for them as they deserve it.

    I am not sure this is as HUGE as their fans are making it out to be.

    Tottenham wont over-take any of the top 3 teams next season so they will probably increase their spending big-time yet get no results for it. They won’t make any sort of dent in the Champions League either

  11. Weston says:

    Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur!!

    What makes me so proud about this is that Spurs did this the right way – with an English manager, an exciting crop of young English talent, and a hands-off English owner. It was very ironic that Spurs achieved this against the team who is going about their business the exact opposite way. (How’s that whole Robihno thing working out, by the way?)

    Just goes to show that it CAN be done without having a foreign billionaire owner and a bench full of mercenaries.

  12. jones says:

    A really good article. Crouchy has taken a great deal iof stick from less intelligent Spurs fans and I’m sure suffered a knock in confidence as a result. He contributes so much more than just hogging the goal area and, as you say isn’t at all selfish- like others i could mention.( Look at the number of assists he has made this season in comparison to others)Its taken til now for Spurs not to just play the ball up to him at every opportunity – he is far more skilful than that approach warrants
    I am so pleased for him – a much undervalued and under appreciated player – particularly by some Spurs fans. Perhaps he’ll now become a cult figure – like he did at Liverpool. I just wish Martin O’Neill had bought him instead of Heskey when he had a chance

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