I’ve never seen anyone say that Perl is a superior programming language to Python, because of limited lambdas, deliberately restricted recursion or anything else.
Good humoured ribbing aside (depending on where you sit I guess), I believe that Perl and Python sit at approximately the same level on the language power continuum. I mean, they’re similar enough to be two different people’s take on the same underlying language (I kid, I kid!).
I do think that Perl is strictly more powerful than Python (with e.g. parser flexibility, symbol-table hackability). However, in most cases this additional power isn’t something you need. The main places I can think of where it has been used legitimately is where stuff that is built-in to Python has been added by Perl at the library level.