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Tottenham enjoyed a comfortable win over European champions Real Madrid – but Craig Bellamy doesn’t think it was the best performance by an English team on Wednesday night.
Speaking on The Debate, Bellamy argued that Manchester City’s 4-2 victory away at Serie A leaders Napoli was an even more impressive result because of the form of the Italian side.
Dele Alli scored twice as Tottenham won 3-1 at Wembley to inflict Real Madrid’s second defeat in four days, while Sergio Aguero broke City’s scoring record as they joined Spurs in the last 16 of the Champions League.
But Bellamy suggested that, of the two sides, City should get more credit.
He said: “It sounds crazy because it’s Real Madrid and they haven’t lost a group game in five years, but I felt if Man City could go to Naples and win that was a big win.
“For me, that was Manchester City’s biggest challenge of the season. Of course they’ve had Chelsea, but look at the form Napoli are in at this present moment.
“Real Madrid are not in great form, but the way Napoli have been playing at this moment, for Man City to go there and win is incredible.
“Napoli are one of the form teams in Europe, a possession-based team.
“I’ve been really impressed with Napoli. Playing-wise in European football they have really impressed me this year, so that is a really good win.
“That’s a really good statement for Pep Guardiola’s team.”
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But despite his praise for City, Bellamy did not hold back when lauding the performance of Mauricio Pochettino’s players.
And he insists in a few years’ time, this result may not seem as surprising as it does now for Tottenham supporters.
Bellamy said: “For Tottenham and where they are looking to go in the next few years, they needed this.
“But I don’t see this being a one-off.
Mauricio Pochettino praised Dele Alli after he scored twice against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.
“I see Tottenham under Pochettino being here for a while and getting more results like this in the next few years.
“They are here for a long time.”