“We Could’ve Beaten Barcelona at Stoke Due to the Damaged Pitch”, Claims Former Striker Peter Crouch

“We Could’ve Beaten Barcelona at Stoke Due to the Damaged Pitch”, Claims Former Striker Peter Crouch

  • Former England striker Peter Crouch has said that his former side Stoke City could've beat Barcelona
  • Crouch said that they used to train a day before a league match just to ruin the pitch for teams like Arsenal
  • Under Tony Pulis, Stoke earned a reputation for their hardcore style of football that many times scared England's top sides

Former Stoke City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch has sensationally said the his Stoke City side could've easily beaten Lionel Messi's Barcelona.

The towering striker said that during his time at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke's home turf, they would train in the middle of the pitch in order to frustrate the likes of Arsenal

Peter Crouch, Stoke City, Arsenal, Barcelona, Premier League, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta
Peter Crouch claims that his former side could've easily defeated the mighty Catalans. Photos by David Davies and Shaun Botterill.
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Crouch says Stoke City could've beaten Barcelona

The former Premier League striker has said that if Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta's Barcelona were to visit Britannia, the Potters could've "turned them over", according to BT Sport.

The 40-year-old said that before they played a game against a team like Arsenal, they used to train in the middle just to "cut it up".

Arsenal was our home bunker. I reckon at that time we could've beaten Barcelona. We just made things so difficult
If Messi and Iniesta were to come to the Britannia, I reckon we could've turned them over because we made things horrendous for teams

Crouch said that the team trained in the middle of the pitch a day before the game.

We trained in the middle of the pitch before we played Arsenal on Friday just to cut it up, and the grass was longer; Aaron Ramsey couldn't see his boot. I told him that's just what we do

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Tony Pulis, Stoke manager, then hilariously warned Crouch and his team not to get ahead of themselves as they were "bang average players in a fantastic system".

Crouch made 261 appearances for Stoke City and notched 61 goals between 2011 and 2019. The Potters gained notoriety for their gritty football and never-say-die attitude, which saw them play in the Europa League. Their style tormented the top teams in the league for years.

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Sports Brief earlier reported on Rafael Benitez's thoughts about his time at Everton, saying his association with Liverpool made things harder for him at Goodison Park.

Benitez was sacked at Everton after just six and a half months at the helm, with the team dangerously flirting with relegation early this season.

Source: SportsBrief.com