Former England striker Peter Crouch reckons Stoke ‘could have turned over’ superstars Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta at the Britannia during his spell… as he revealed they would train on the pitch to ‘cut it up’ to upset the likes of Arsenal

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  • Peter Crouch claims Stoke could beat Barcelona in Britannia
  • Former striker reveals he used to cut the pitch before big games
  • The 40-year-old played 261 matches at Stoke City between 2011 and 2019

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Former England striker Peter Crouch has boldly claimed that Stoke City would have envisioned their chances against anyone during his time at the club – including the likes of Barcelona at Britannia.

The former England international made 261 appearances for the Potters and scored 61 goals in a spell that ran between 2011 and 2019, which was then in the Premier League.

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Potters were renowned for having a gritty style of football and being solid at home, especially during the Tony Police period between 2011 and 2013, where they also qualified for the Europa League.

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Peter Crouch insists Stoke City would have imagined their chances against anyone at a level

The former Liverpool and Portsmouth forward revealed he believes Stoke could beat anyone at home – including superstars like Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta – as he talks to former England star Joe Cole He remembered his time in the club.

“I bought into it because when I got there, there were a lot of players who were playing above themselves, but the attitude and camaraderie in the group was amazing,” Crouch said. BT Sports Coal Cast.

‘It was one of the best dressing rooms I’ve ever been a part of, you just knew you were going to battle everyday and get results because of your rate of work, attitude, effort and dedication.

Crouch believes Stoke could overturn Barcelona with Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta

Crouch believes Stoke could overturn Barcelona with Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta

“I think at that time we were the only team that could beat Barcelona. We just made things terrible.

‘If Messi or Iniesta came to Britannia at that time, I think we could have turned them over because we made it frightening for the teams.’

The 40-year-old even admitted that he used to train on the pitch before a few matches to ensure that it was cut to prevent the opposition from playing free-flowing games.

Crouch continued, ‘We trained in the middle of the pitch before playing Arsenal.

The former England international also admitted that he used to train on the pitch to cut it

The former England international also admitted that he used to train on the pitch to cut it

‘The grass was long and I remember Aaron looking at Ramsey and he couldn’t see his boot. He went ‘Crouchy!’ And I went that’s just what we do here. It was fantastic.

‘Tony always said, fair game for him, he could have adapted but he didn’t. The best line he ever had for me was when he felt we were getting ahead of ourselves.

‘It’s one of the best lines I’ve heard in football. “Don’t get ahead of yourself, you’re an average player in a brilliant system,” he said. I can’t argue with that.’

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