Peter Crouch admitted that after the full-back of Real Madrid ensured his sending off in a Champions League clash in 2011, he “never wanted to punch someone more than Marcelo.
The England striker was sent off just 15 minutes into the first leg of their quarter-final tie at the Santiago Bernabeu while playing for Tottenham at the time.
In quick succession on the night, Crouch picked up two yellow cards with his second coming after a questionable challenge on Marcelo.
As the club’s European run ended after Crouch’s dismissal, Spurs would end up losing the match 4-0 and the return leg 1-0 – something he still refuses to acknowledge all these years later.
Beneath the stadium is the locker room and there are levels on fan levels and you can hear them. I’m sitting with a towel over my head in the dressing room, hearing goal after goal going in after goal and I’m thinking:’ That’s down to me.’ That was a low point and a great disappointment,’ Crouch said on the From the Horses Mouth Paddy Power podcast.
“When it comes to the cards, however, I have a little explanation. The first one was that I was excitable, so I will send it to the referee. It was a Sergio Ramos tackle.”
“I went to block a ball down the line from Marcelo for the second one and I dived in a little, but I didn’t hit him. He jumped up and rolled around in the air, and there’s an angle in the camera where you can see that he’s smiling at the referee and he’s celebrating as the red card comes out and then jumps back up.”
“In my life, I have never wanted to punch someone anymore! That was perceived as a victory for them. They won the game and they played with me. I was foolish to let that get me swept up in it.”