Craig Bellamy believes Team GB will only continue to improve after making it through to the quarter-finals of the men’s Olympic football competition thanks to a 1-0 win over Uruguay.
Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of the game at the Millennium Stadium as Stuart Pearce’s men held firm against a strong second half onslaught from their South American opponents.
The resilience within the side was made even more remarkable due to the incredible progress the squad has made since their demoralising 2-0 defeat to Brazil in the build-up to the games.
The doubts surrounding Team GB were compounded when they could only draw with Senegal in their opening fixture but they have since come on leaps and bounds, with some impressive live scores results, convincingly beating the United Arab Emirates 3-1, before overcoming the Uruguayans.
They will now go on to face South Korea in the quarter-finals with a potential opportunity for revenge against Brazil awaiting them in the last four.
Bellamy, who has played a key role in their transformation, says the side are now overflowing with confidence and believes they can go on to claim Olympic gold, with punters gambling online equally confident.
“We just met two weeks ago, and the aim was to gel and try to get a style of play,” he told reporters. “We’ve been trying to cram it in and we knew that with games, if we could just get out of this group, we’d give ourselves a good chance of improving as a team.
“We’ve had two weeks of pre-season and all of a sudden we’re asked to play tournament football.
“It’s difficult, but we’re lucky we’ve got legs, we’ve got energy, which has helped us a lot, but we’ve got quality as well, and it’s coming out in abundance at the moment,” he added.