The chant of “Hey Jude” once against filled the Santiago Bernabéu this season, after new summer signing at Real Madrid and England midfielder Jude Bellingham delivered crucial moments for his new club. In last night’s 2023/2024 UEFA Champions League Group C opener, the 20-year-old midfielder took on the scoring duty for Los Blancos and scored a last-minute goal for Carlo Ancelotti’s men against 1. FC Union Berlin from Germany at home. The visitors were of course no stranger to Jude Bellingham as the midfield prodigy had previously spent three seasons with another Bundesliga 1 club Borussia Dortmund from the 2020/2021 Season to 2022/2023 Season.
Real Madrid Had 32 Shots Against 1. FC Union Berlin
The 20-year-old former Birmingham City graduate is arguably the best signing from the last summer transfer window thus far after he completed the €103-million move to Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid from German outfit Borussia Dortmund. Just when everyone thought his dream start at the 35-time Spanish champions would come to a halt during the first international break of the 2023/2024 Season, Jude Bellingham translated his fine club form (Five goals and an assist in five league games) to international stage, helping England defeat Scotland 3-1 in the oldest fixture in world football history.
Although the midfield sensation did not score or assist in Real Madrid’s 2-1 comeback win against Real Sociedad last time around, Ancelotti continued to deploy his new favourite midfielder into Los Blancos’s starting lineup against 1. FC Union Berlin in their opening fixture of this season’s UEFA Champions League. Jude Bellingham was backed by fellow midfielders Luka Modrić, Aurélien Tchouaméni and Eduardo Camavinga and he was tasked to support forwards Rodrygo and Joselu just like the previous game.
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Jude Bellingham Scored His Sixth Goal in as Many Matches for Real in 2023/2024
The team in famous white jerseys are on a mission to win their 15th European cup in the history of the competition, having failed to do so in the previous year after they lost to eventual champions Manchester City in the semifinal stage. Los Blancos’s desire to hunt more domestic and European club football glories is further elevated this season since 64-year-old Italian manager Ancelotti will be leaving the club and coach five-time FIFA World Cup winner Brazil at the end of this season.
Real Madrid dominated their German opponents throughout the 90 minutes plus added time, accumulating a jaw-dropping total of 32 shots against 1. FC Union Berlin’s four in the match. Nevertheless, last season’s runners-up in the Spanish La Liga were struggling to find the back of the net, and only managed to do so when Jude Bellingham fired in a last-grasp effort for the home side in the 90+4th minute of this UEFA Champions League fixture.
The 20-year-old England star’s sixth club goal of the season came from a short corner by substitute Toni Kroos. The German midfielder found fellow replacement Federico Valverde with his pass, followed by the Uruguayan’s long-ranged shot towards the visitors’ goal. The effort was blocked and the ball ricocheted to Jude Bellingham, who found no problems to slot home a shot into the unguarded goal. His strike changed Santiago Bernabéu spectators’ mood and earned a hard three points for Real in the opening UEFA Champions League game of the year.
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Ancelotti: “He (Jude Bellingham)’s Smarter Than Others.”
Jude Bellingham’s goal against 1. FC Union Berlin not only brought home all three points for his club, his effort also ranked him up as one of only four players to have scored on his Real Madrid debuts for both in the Spanish La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. One of the other three players to have attained such milestones was club legend Cristiano Ronaldo.
In light of Jude Bellingham’s brilliant start to his Real Madrid career, head coach Ancelotti said this about his new signing: “[Bellingham] has quality and it looks like he’s lucky. This goal is similar to the one against Getafe, but you have to be there. He’s smarter than others when attacking from the second line. He has this quality and he’s making the most of it. I haven’t set anyone a goal target.” The 64-year-old’s statements were echoed by his club captain Nacho, who went on to call Bellingham as a player “Born to play for Real Madrid” and that “They are lucky to have him here with them”.
As for the star man himself, Jude Bellingham could not hide his jubilant emotions for helping his team to secure the small-margin victory. His replies went “We were patient. We knew we’d get chances at the end of the game. We had to move the ball, find spaces. We kept going, we showed a great mentality, great togetherness. Around the pitch I want to be an artist, I want to try to create stuff for my teammates, but when the ball goes into the box I want to be a killer. That’s what’s going to win us games. Hopefully it continues”.
El Derbi Madrileño Next in Spanish La Liga
Jude Bellingham’s Real Madrid side will meet domestic rivals Atlético Madrid for the Madrid derby this weekend next and their opponents this time around were left stunned in their own UEFA Champions League match against Italian Serie A’s Lazio a day before the Real Madrid-1. FC Union Berlin clash. During the match between the Spanish powerhouse and Italian club, Diego Simeone’s men were unable to protect their 1-0 lead till the end of the final whistle, as Lazio’s 29-year-old Italian goalkeeper had other ideas and went on to score a last-minute equaliser, leaving everyone in the Atlético camp in dismay.
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