Peter Crouch has been speaking about his red card against Real Madrid in 2011 that played a part in Tottenham’s Champions League quarter-final exit.
Crouch, who had scored crucial goals during Spurs’ unlikely progression to the last eight under Harry Redknapp, was sent off for two yellow cards as the Londoners fell to a 4-0 defeat in the first leg at the Bernabeu.
Tottenham lost 1-0 in the return fixture at White Hart Lane, and Spurs fans were left wondering what might have been had Crouch stayed on the pitch in Spain.
But the former striker thinks he should have stayed on the pitch, suggesting he didn’t make contact with full-back Marcelo for the second yellow card offence.
Marcelo also celebrated the red card, something Crouch still has strong feelings about to this day.
“The first yellow card was me being excitable, so I can give the referee that,” Crouch told the ‘From the Horse’s Mouth’ podcast (as relayed by Managing Madrid).
“For the second one, I went to block a ball down the line from Marcelo and I did dive in a bit, but I didn’t touch him.
“He’s jumped up in the air and rolled around, and there is a camera angle where you can see he looks at the referee and celebrates as the red card comes out, then he jumps back up.
“I’ve never wanted to punch anyone more in my life! For them, that was seen as a win.
“They’ve won the game and they played me. I was naive to let myself get caught up in that.”
Spurs did remarkably well to reach the quarter-finals having beaten reigning champions Inter Milan in the group stages and AC Milan in the last 16.
Unfortunately, the Real Madrid tie was over before it began.