Jude Bellingham couldn’t contain his excitement after single-handedly securing a remarkable victory for Real Madrid in his very first El Clasico. The talented midfielder not only scored a breathtaking equalizer but also a dramatic, last-minute winner, leading Los Blancos to a thrilling 2-1 triumph over arch-rivals Barcelona at the Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
This outstanding performance adds to Bellingham’s incredible start with Real Madrid, as the 20-year-old sensation has already netted 13 goals in just as many appearances. Reflecting on his achievement, Bellingham expressed his sheer delight, stating, “I’ve watched countless Clasicos from the comfort of my sofa, but this time I wanted to experience it firsthand and make a significant impact. I’m thrilled that I’ve managed to do just that.”
It was not an easy feat for Real, as they found themselves trailing at halftime due to an early strike from Ilkay Gundogan. Bellingham admitted that he hadn’t been at his best during the first half. However, when an opportunity arose from 25 yards out in the 68th minute, his unwavering self-confidence was all that mattered.
With incredible precision, Bellingham unleashed a powerful shot into the back of the net, ensuring his team a well-deserved equalizer. But he wasn’t finished yet. In the dying moments of the game, he showcased his exceptional skills once more, volleying the ball into the goal from close range.
Reflecting on his goal-scoring heroics, Bellingham explained, “I may not have been at my peak, but sometimes it’s not about attempting something extraordinary every time you touch the ball. It’s about collaborating with my teammates up front, which I executed effectively. However, the moment I received the ball in that position, I knew I was going to find the back of the net.”
Describing the winning goal, he added, “I received the ball on the edge of the box. For a few weeks now, I’ve been contemplating trying my luck from outside the box. Perhaps the opposition expected me to venture into the penalty area or combine with a teammate, but I wanted to catch them off guard by taking a powerful shot from afar. I have the necessary technique, and it landed perfectly in the top corner.”
Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s coach, Carlo Ancelotti, was amazed by Bellingham’s impact on the team. Ancelotti emphasized, “We’re all taken aback by the level of his performance, particularly his effectiveness. He could easily surpass the 20 or even 25-goal mark. He exudes the aura of an experienced player, and his attitude is exemplary. Undoubtedly, he has made the most significant difference within the squad.”
With this victory, Real Madrid reclaimed the top spot in LaLiga, further solidifying their championship aspirations. Jude Bellingham’s extraordinary display has undoubtedly cemented his place as a rising star and an invaluable asset to his team.