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Peter Crouch Thinks Barcelona Would Have Struggled Against Tony Pulis' Stoke City Team

Crouch in action for the Potters
Crouch in action for the Potters

Life is good for Peter Crouch right now, his recently released book has been well-received and a future career in media seems assured as his BBC offering “That Peter Crouch Podcast” has been a rip roaring success to date.

The ex-England international, who is still on the books of Stoke City, may have let all the success affect his reality as he now believes that the Potters side assembled by former boss Tony Pulis could have put in a shift against one of the greatest teams of all time, the all-conquering Barcelona side of the Pep Guardiola era.

“I’ve always felt that Stoke City, under Tony Pulis, would have given Barcelona a game, he said on the latest edition of the pod. “That team we had of strong, physical players, it would have been unsettling for them.”

It could well have been all the footballs he’s taken on the dome that’s got him thinking this, either. But just how does he think they would managed this?

“I’d have 11 men behind the ball at every opportunity, there’d be absolutely no gaps for them to play in, and then when we get set-pieces we’d take our time over them, and everyone’s going forward. We’d be making it as difficult as possible for them.

“I think if you make it as difficult as possible for Barca, you stop them playing. Yeah, I’d be nasty at times, but how else are you going to beat them?’

He even has a plan laid out for how to deal with the greatest player ever to walk the earth, although it’s not really a unique one, to be fair.

“I wouldn’t necessarily man-mark Messi, but I might give him a kick or two. If you are going to let the best player in the world dictate the game then you’re going to lose.”

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