San Siro hero Peter Crouch wore a broad smile after our 1-0 win against AC Milan and insisted: "We deserved it."
‘Crouchy’ was the man on the spot again when it mattered as we secured one of the great results in the club’s illustrious history.
The striker’s header at City in May last year clinched fourth place in the Premier League and a place in the Champions League play-offs in August.
He then bagged a hat-trick in the second leg of the play-off against Young Boys as we made it into the group stages of Europe’s elite competition.
Now he’s delivered again on the biggest stage of all – the San Siro – to hand us the advantage in the first leg of this last 16 tie against the Italian giants and current Serie A pacesetters. The return leg is at the Lane on Wednesday, March 9.
Crouchy was the focal point of the attack as we dictated the first half at the San Siro on Wednesday night.
AC Milan came back into it in the second half and a combination of dogged defensive play and two outstanding saves from Heurelho Gomes kept it at 0-0.
Then the moment we’d all dreamed of. With 10 minutes left, Sandro broke up an attack, Luka Modric sent Aaron Lennon clear and the winger raced 70 yards before squaring for Crouchy to tap home one of the biggest goals Spurs have scored.
“It was a great game and I thought we deserved the win,” said Crouchy, who has now scored four goals in seven appearances in the Champions League ‘proper’.
“I thought we limited them to few chances and that we were the better side.
“We defended magnificently and I just had to keep up with Azza at the end and stick that chance away!
“We came and did a job, scored an important away goal and we now take that back to White Hart Lane.
“We know the job’s not finished because they are a fantastic side and I’m sure they can score goals away from home, but it’s a fantastic achievement to come and beat AC Milan in the San Siro.”