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.
"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."