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A taste of what's to come

Posted on 3 August 2010  - 12:00

Peter Crouch believes tonight's encounter with Portuguese giants Benfica is perfect preparation for what we hope will be a European adventure ahead this season.

A taste of what's to come

Peter Crouch believes tonight's encounter with Portuguese giants Benfica is perfect preparation for what we hope will be a European adventure ahead this season.

Should we get through our play-off later this month and reach the group stages of the Champions League, matches against the continent's top sides could become commonplace.

And the striker knows exactly where Benfica rank among football's elite having suffered at their hands on the biggest stage in the past.

But Crouchy is also confident we can prove tonight that we can more than hold our own against quality opposition as we showed on more than one occasion last season.

He said: "Benfica are a fantastic side, full of great players. I've come up against them before when I was at Liverpool and they knocked us out of the Champions League, beating us at Anfield. That says it all.

"It will be a very difficult game and the type of game we need in pre-season, especially if we want to do anything in Europe.

"It's so important to get close to them, press them and win back possession and then you can't be too cheap with your possession, they keep the ball all day, they are very technical players.

"But on our day we can beat anyone and we proved that last season when we beat the top sides at White Hart Lane. We shouldn't be frightened of anyone, we've got the players to beat anyone on our day.

"I'm sure all the fans will be excited about our European adventure this season and we've got a taster of it in pre-season before the real stuff starts."