Tottenham striker Peter Crouch is ready to silence the big talking from Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho.

A Spanish journalist at Wigan's DW Stadium on Saturday let it be known that Carvalho, in his Chelsea days, 'enjoyed' facing Crouch and always found it 'easier' coping with a striker of his stature and style.

Crouch replied: "We'll see about that. I have a lot of respect for Carvalho and I've had some good, hard battles with him. But I've got the better of him before and hopefully will do again on Tuesday.

"I can remember coming out on top in a couple of semi-finals with Liverpool, one in the Champions League and one in the FA Cup, when we beat Chelsea both times.

"He is a tough defender, and this is a completely different game between different teams. But I'm looking forward to my first appearance at the Bernabeu, we're going there to get a positive result."

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