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Jamie Carragher names the man Spurs must do everything in their power to keep

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Tottenham beat Real Madrid 3-1 on Wednesday night at Wembley, as they continue to build a reputation as one of the top clubs in Europe.

The Champions League holders were played off the park by Mauricio Pochettino's side, with Dele Alli (2) and Christian Eriksen putting Madrid to the sword.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was in attendance and was blown away by Tottenham's "outstanding" performance.

"It was outstanding," Carragher told Tottenham's official website. "Spurs completely dominated the team that has won the European Cup for the last two seasons. It could have been five or six to be honest.

"I think it’s one of the great nights in English football in terms of European competition."

Star players Dele Alli and Harry Kane were magnificent and Daniel Levy may have to change the wage structure at the club in order to keep players of their calibre happy.

Kane already has 13 goals this season and is now considered to be one of the finest strikers in world football.

Tottenham Hotspur v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League

Who Spurs must keep at all costs

In his Friday column in The Telegraph, Carragher revealed which employee at Tottenham is more important than any other, brilliantly explaining exactly why the Argentine coach is so valuable.

"There is an emphasis on the need to retain their stars such as Dele Alli and Harry Kane. No. The most important man they must keep is Pochettino.

"Why am I such a big fan? I retired as a player almost five years ago and since moving into punditry Pochettino’s Tottenham are the team I have enjoyed watching most. They are everything you want in terms of balance, attacking, defending, bringing youngsters through and improving players.

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"Their constant changing of their set-up from a back three to back four typifies Pochettino’s coaching skill. We see other managers do this and think it is because of uncertainty, not knowing the best team or system. When I see Spurs do it, it is seamless, everyone knowing and understanding their role.

"A lot of people in football discuss systems. It is easy to talk about it, but a completely different proposition executing, ensuring players comprehend it and buy into it."

Pochettino joined Spurs from Southampton in 2014 and - despite failing to win silverware - has completely transformed their fortunes.

Tottenham Hotspur v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League

Carragher paid them a back-handed compliment: "They are the best trophy-less team I have ever seen."

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