Peter Crouch reveals what caused Heurelho Gomes to cry in the middle of a match

Veteran Stoke City striker Peter Crouch played alongside Heurelho Gomes for two seasons at Tottenham Hotspur.

The 37-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper joined Watford in 2014 but hasn’t made a Premier League appearance this season.

Gomes never convinced the fans at White Hart Lane, eventually leaving the club on a free transfer.

Crouch faced his former teammate on numerous occasions after he swapped Spurs for Stoke City in 2011.

Speaking on That Peter Crouch Podcast, the 37-year-old former England international recounted how Gomes had a meltdown during a Premier League fixture.

Stoke City famously mastered the art of the long throw-ins under Tony Pulis – Rory Delap even became a household name.

Sometimes, opposition goalkeepers – such as Gomes – had no clue how to handle the foreign situation.

“I watched people panic and give away corners instead of throw-ins due to the sheer panic and confusion that it caused,” said Crouch, speaking on his That Peter Crouch Podcast.

“I remember Heurelho Gomes believe it or not, we were launching in these missiles, there was myself, loads of people coming, piling into the box and I actually remember Gomes taking the knee and throwing the ball out and a tear in his eye.

“He just couldn’t handle this aerial bombardment that was going on. He was in a state of turmoil.

“Genuinely he was very upset. He was very upset, physically distressed by the amount of aerial bombardment coming in.”

Poor Heurelho Gomes – it wasn’t exactly samba football at the Brittania Stadium.

Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari hailed Delap’s “effective” technique and admitted that he’d never seen anything like it.

“I think he puts the ball better with his hands than his foot – it’s fantastic,” said the Brazilian coach in 2008.

“Maybe it’s not beautiful football but it’s effective, I saw many times the ball inside the box and big problems on the first and second ball.

“They make many goals with this situation and we need to think about controlling this and counter-attack.”

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