Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Real Madrid surrenders to Bellingham: “It’s amazing that he’s 20 years old, he looks like he’s 30”

Jude Bellingham continues to dazzle at Real Madrid. After scoring six goals in the League, the Englishman has scored in the two Champions League matches played against Unión Berlin and Naples. He becomes the third player in the history of the white club to score in his first two Champions League games after Christian Karembeu (1998) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2009). The 20-year-old Englishman scored his eighth goal in 21 shots in nine games played. In Naples he also gave 54 passes with a 93% success rate and won eight duels.

The magic of Bellingham

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about Bellingham at the press conference and warned: “The amazing thing about Bellingham is that he is 20 years old and looks like he is 30 years old. He knows all the time what he has to do in the game. And then there is all the quality in the world, the physical strength, the ability… Obviously it is surprising, but it is because of his age.” He also added that “Bellingham’s position created many doubts for Napoli in the game between the lines and he has been able overcome that pressure. “I think that was key in the first half.”

For Federico Valverde, scorer of the decisive goal, Bellingham “he played a great game, He has shown it in every goal. In the first he recovers the ball and gives the assist to Vini, who scores a great goal. And in the second Jude does Jude magic. “He has to continue down this path.”

Bellingham finishes the second goal against Naples. Cesare Abbate

Real Madrid have won 29 of their 49 Champions League games against Italian opponents. And it is the eighth consecutive victory for the whites on Italian fields. In addition, they have accumulated 19 victories in the 19 games in which Valverde has scored. The Uruguayan scored his first goal of the season at Diego Armando Maradona, thus ending a drought of 16 consecutive games without scoring. The Uruguayan thus reaches 18 goals with the white shirt.

Vini equals Roberto Carlos

Besides, Vinícius Júnior’s goal with which Real Madrid began the comeback at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples, in its first appearance this season in the Champions League after missing the premiere due to injury, It helped him equal Roberto Carlos as the Brazilian with the most goals for the white team in this competition (16). Vinícius scored his 16th goal in ‘Champions’, in his case achieved in 47 games. He is one goal ahead of his friend Rodrygo Goes and has already left behind one of his idols, Ronaldo Nazario, who scored 13 goals in the most prestigious competition with Real Madrid.


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