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Crouch confident ahead of Madrid battle

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch has vowed to get the better of Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho, when the two players collide in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg.

The 32-year-old former Chelsea centre-back, according to the Daily Mail, said he wouldn't worry if faced with Spurs' 6ft 7in forward on Tuesday night at the Bernabeu.

However Crouch says he's hoping to get the better of him this time around.

"I've played against him a few times and he is a tough defender," he said.

"But hopefully I will get the better of him now.


"He is a tough defender, and this is a completely different game between different teams. But I'm looking forward to my first appearance at the Bernabeu, we're going there to get a positive result."

Crouch's record against Carvalho is less than impressive however, with the forward yet to finish on the winning side when faced with the Portugese international in 12 matches.

Despite the record, the Englishman is confident his side can pull off another shock.

"Real will be favourites in the Bernabeu, but we've done very well in the Champions League and hopefully can continue in the same vein. It's a tough task but we've already proved against top teams like Inter Milan and AC Milan that we can get the result we need," he said.

"I've loved every minute of the Champions League. It's a competition that seems to bring out the best in me. I always seem to play well and score goals. That was the case at Liverpool, and it has been the same here."

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