Jude Bellingham is the most popular man in Madrid at the moment. After his performance against Napoli, the Englishman has the Real home press groveling at his feet.
The transfer of Jude Bellingham is widely considered to be the most significant move in world football this season. The twenty-year-old Englishman has adjusted quite well to life in Madrid and was a key contributor to Real Madrid’s 3-2 victory away at Napoli in the Champions League.
Following Real Madrid’s heartbreaking loss to Napoli, the Madrid press went into a frenzy. Real Madrid has achieved another win in UEFA Champions League Group C and currently has a perfect record after the first two rounds. “Jude Bellingham, a tribute to Maradona” Jude Bellingham, who scored a goal and contributed an assist in Napoli’s 2-3 totally predicted victory over Real, was once again named the man of the evening at the “Diego Armando Maradon” stadium in Madrid.
Following the young footballer’s impressive performance, journalists from the sports publication Marca dared to draw comparisons between him and the great Maradona, who played for Napoli. After Fede Valverde’s shot, Meret gave his own goal with a “hand of God” and the similarities with the Argentinian megastar continued in the final goal.
“Bellingham has a performance worthy of the eternal number 10 for Napoli, with an assist and a super goal, in a significant Champions League match that Valverde wins with a hand from God,”
In only nine matches while playing for Real Madrid, Bellingham was able to accumulate 11 significant contributions (eight goals and three assists). The eight goals that Jude scored in the Champions League put him in seventh place all-time among players who had not yet turned 21.
Only Erling Haaland (20 goals), Kylian Mbappe (19 goals), Karim Benzema (12 goals), and Patrick Kluivert (9) had scored more goals up to that point in their careers than Bellingham had up to that point in his.
At the same time, Jude Bellingham is only the third footballer in history after Christian Karembeu (1998) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2009) to score in the UEFA Champions League in his first two games for Real Madrid.
“Bellingham receives a rocket as a reward”
Another newspaper from Real Madrid’s hometown lauded Jude Bellingham’s work as well. Journalists from AS believe that it would have been unfair for Carlo Ancelotti’s team not to win at Napoli, specifically because of the outstanding performance of the English midfielder. Despite this, Fede Valverde’s “rocket” has been successful for Bellingham.
“Valverde’s nuclear strike crowns Bellingham’s masterpiece, as he fed a decisive pass to Vinicius and scored another goal to put in the frame,” Bellingham’s masterpiece was crowned by “Valverde’s nuclear strike.” When Modric came on in the second half, it completely altered Madrid’s appearance, and it was for the better.
Even Real’s fiercest competitors in Catalonia have to give them credit.
The local press in Barcelona certainly did not gloss over Real Madrid’s outstanding victory in the second round of the UEFA Champions League Group C. The authors of the lead story for Mundo Deportivo titled it “Another Real Madrid comeback to win at Napoli.” In reference to the fact that the “galacticos” had a 1-0 lead over the Italians and that the score was tied at 2, respectively.
And Real Madrid’s dominance has been acknowledged by sport.es, which notes that they currently sit atop the La Liga standings with 21 points, one more than their chief rivals at FC Barcelona. The website sport.es ran a headline that said, “Real Madrid also going strong in the Champions League.”
The Italian press has likewise been effusive in its praise, saying things like “This Real is too much.”
Real Madrid, which has won the most trophies in the UEFA Champions League, appears to be on track for another great season in the league that it enjoys the most. Even the Italians are falling all over themselves to show their respect for Carlo Ancelotti. “Napoli emerges victorious, but this Real stuff is ridiculous! Ancelotti prevails over Maradona by a score of 3-2.
The second group stage of the Champions League. “I see ghosts in the Champions League,” Xavi said of the demand for players.
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Xavi has asked the players to not thinking about the ‘ghosts’ of previous Champions League matches.
Over the course of the previous two years, Barcelona has been knocked out of the Champions League at an extremely early level, specifically during the group stage. Ahead of their match against FC Porto, the head coach for Iberian pleaded with his team to put the demons of the Champions League to rest and focus only on the game at hand.
Xavi, who will make his 100th appearance on the bench for Barcelona in the game against Porto, is of the opinion that the circumstances have shifted. “In the Champions League, we continue to have the feeling that there are ghosts, and we need to learn how to stop seeing them.
We have made significant improvements, and our objective for the remainder of this competition is to match the standard that Barcelona has set for us. Now would be the perfect time to demonstrate your point. We are in a good position right now, and we will do everything we can to win.
I’m not concerned with whether or not I come in first or second place in the group. “We can’t focus on anything other than trying to get three points,” remarked Xavi.
The Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez stated following Inter’s 1-0 victory over Benfica that he has no plans to leave Inter and that his agent is now in the process of discussing a contract extension.
“The negotiations for the new deal with Inter have already begun through my agency. My family and I am quite content here in Milan, where we have made our home. I try to do my best for the club. According to the words of the world champion, who was speaking to journalist Fabrizio Romano, “I don’t see any reason why I would leave for another club.”
Inter’s Lautaro Martinez, who is 26 years old, has gotten off to a fantastic start to the season. In 9 games played in all competitions, he has managed to score 10 goals and provide 2 assists.
What significant steps forward have Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Jr. taken after spending yet another unforgettable evening in the UCL?
Another perfect game was played by Jude Bellingham while he was wearing the Real Madrid jersey. The English international, who is only 20 years old and joined the Galacticos in the summer, has made a seamless transition and is scoring goals quickly and frequently for the team that plays at Santiago Bernabeu.
Bellingham not only scored but also established a variety of records during the win over Napoli (3-2). The midfielder began for the 23rd time in the UEFA Champions League against Napoli, making him the English player with the most UEFA Champions League starts before turning 21 years old. The gap between Bellingham and Trent Alexander-Arnold has been closed.
During the same time period, Bellingham was involved in 11 goals (8 goals and 3 assists) for Real Madrid across 9 games. Bellingham is the footballer who, excluding strikers, has the most of these stats across all tournaments in the top five European leagues. This includes both goals and assists.
Mbappe, Benzema, Haaland, and Patrick Kluivert are the only players who have scored more than eight goals in the UEFA Champions League before turning 21 years old. During the game against Napoli, Bellingham scored his seventh goal for the team.
Additionally, Bellingham is only the third player in Real Madrid history to score for the club in the Champions League during the opening two matches of the season. In addition to Christian Karembeu in 1998 and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, two more players have accomplished this.
Vinicius scored the first goal of the game when it was played against Napoli. The Brazilian now has 16 goals scored for Real Madrid in the Champions League, tying him with Roberto Carlos for the most goals scored by a player in this competition.
In other news, Toni Kroos scored the 100th goal of his career for Real Madrid while they were playing Napoli in the Champions League. The midfielder made history by being the first German player to break this record while competing for a side that was not from Germany.
Carlo Ancelotti has spoken out in defense of Kepa Arrizabagala following Napoli’s 2-3 loss to Real Madrid.
The ‘galacticos’ were seriously shaken for victory after goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabagala made a costly error on Leo Ostigard’s goal to open the scoring for the Neapolitans in the Champions League group stage 2 match that took place away from home against Napoli. Real Madrid ultimately prevailed with a score of 3-2.
After the game, Carlo Ancelotti, Kepa’s coach, made a comparison that elicited laughter from those in attendance in order to defend Kepa.
“Each and every player have a unique set of qualities. Because he is not very tall, Kepa has difficulty dealing with crosses, despite the fact that he is an excellent goalkeeper and even made an outstanding save in the first half. No one is without flaw. After the match, the Italian coach of Real Madrid declared, “I’m very good-looking, but I’m not perfect.”