PPL Park

Next Game

Philadelphia Union v C Palace

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 00:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

Columbus 2 - 2 C Palace

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 00:30

Friendly Match

Speroni: Nothing fazes me

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni insists he is not fazed by the prospect of facing Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge as the Eagles take on Liverpool on Saturday.

Last Updated: 06/10/13 at 14:14 Post Comment

Julian Speroni: No qualms about facing in-form Liverpool strikers Luis Suarez an

Julian Speroni: No qualms about facing in-form Liverpool strikers Luis Suarez an

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Argentinian Suarez and England international Sturridge have partnered in the Liverpool front line 11 times in 2013, scoring 13 goals for the Reds at an average of 1.18 per game.

The lethal duo combined to sink Sunderland last weekend, with Sturridge opening the scoring before Suarez bagged a brace as Liverpool prevailed 3-1.

However, 34-year-old Speroni fears not the Reds pairing and believes his own Argentinian roots have given him a solid foundation to build upon.

"I watched the Sunderland game last week and Suarez and Sturridge looked very strong together," he told the Sun.

No fear

"But they don't scare me. It is because I always think back to my time in the Argentina Under 20 side.

"I grew up alongside some fantastic players in Argentina who have gone on to become some of the best players in the world."

Speroni's time in the Argentina youth system coincided with the rise of former Valencia attacker Pablo Aimar and ex-Barcelona frontman Javier Saviola, which the Palace shot-stopper believes has prepared him well.

"In training I would have to keep them quiet," he added. "That was a difficult task - you won't get one tougher than that, even now.

"I expect that Suarez and Sturridge will be licking their lips playing us. But, as a goalkeeper, I am more experienced now.

Survival

"I have played against these top strikers before, so nothing will faze me."

A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton last time out prompted speculation over the Eagles' desire but Speroni is adamant Palace have their eyes firmly fixed on retaining their Premier League status.

"It's just because we are at the wrong end of the table that it is an easy thing to say," he said. "We have come through administration and relegation battles just to stay in the Championship.

"Of course we want to enjoy being on this stage, but we are not here to make up the numbers.

"All the players feel we can play and survive at this level. There are some new players and it will take time for us to gel. We just have to be patient and stick together to get the results going our way."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rues 'impossible' pre-season schedule

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised his side’s hectic pre-season schedule as bordering on the impossible.

Transfer News: Hibernian capture young midfielder Scott Allan from West Brom

Hibernian have signed former Scotland Under-21 international Scott Allan from West Brom.

Transfer news: Arturo Vidal 'not going to Manchester United' as he waits on Juventus talks

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has told the Italian press that he will not be going to Manchester United this summer.

Mail Box

Pre-Season Obviously Isn't Meaningless

The debate over the importance of pre-season continues, including a league table from last season for stats fans. Plus travelling to watch your team and Blackpool...

Definitely Not Getting Giddy Over A Friendly Win

We have some conclusions from Louis van Gaal's perfect start, plus a dismissal of fantasy football, worries about La Liga's greediness and thoughts on Real with Ham-ez...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property