Jude Bellingham fever is sweeping European soccer.
Bellingham left Dortmund for Real Madrid ahead of this season. He has been an ace in the hole for the world’s most powerful team. Head coach Carlo Ancelotti utilized the midfielder more aggressively, and it worked.
Real Madrid is in first place in the Spanish Primera Liga, and Bellingham leads the team in scoring with 11 goals. The momentum has carried over to the UEFA Champions League (UCL).
Real Madrid defeated Napoli 4-2 on Tuesday in the fifth leg of their UCL Group C match of the 2023-24 season. Bellingham had a goal and an assist in the win. Real Madrid is unbeaten in five UCL group stage matches and has already secured a spot in the round of 16 and first place in the group.
Bellingham made history. He became the first Real Madrid player to score in four consecutive UCL games in his debut season.
For this incredible performance, Bellingham has been called “the perfect player. He has also been compared to Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti responded. “He’s not perfect,” Ancelotti said of Bellingham after the Napoli game. What’s missing.
“He needs to improve his Spanish. He needs to work hard on his Spanish. I’ve said this to him many times,” he said, pointing out one thing that Bellingham lacks. Bellingham is British.
Ancelotti added: “Bellingham has a good relationship with everyone at Real Madrid. What is clear is that it is a great signing for Real Madrid.”
On comparisons with Zidane, he said: “They are different generations. It’s hard to compare. Bellingham has the ability to penetrate into the box that Zidane didn’t have. He has the ability to penetrate into the box that Zidane doesn’t have. Bellingham is a player who fits into the modern game because he can play a lot of different positions at the same time.”