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Bellingham Can Help Madrid Make Champions League Tables Man City

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Madrid, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 8th Apr, 2024) Jude Bellingham will aim to give Real Madrid the edge they lacked last season in the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City on Tuesday, as they continue he had an amazing first season in Spain.

England star Bellingham will lead Madrid’s attack alongside Vinicius Junior as the reigning European and Premier League champions visit the Santiago Bernabeu.

Battered and bruised by a 5-1 aggregate defeat of Pep Guardiola’s City at the semi-final stage last year, Real Madrid spent 103 million Euros ($112 million) to sign the England star from Borussia Dortmund.

Madrid’s initial expectations for the 20-year-old were quickly dashed, as he surpassed them with lightning speed.

Bellingham has started in stunning scoring form, with 14 strikes in his first 15 games for the club, breaking the record of 13 held by Madrid greats Cristiano Ronaldo and Alfredo Di Stefano.

Arriving at the club as a midfielder but mostly deployed in attack by Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, Bellingham quickly established himself as a leader and fan favorite — “Hey Jude”, they say serenade the capital.

Although his goalscoring streak has inevitably slowed in recent weeks, he remains Madrid’s top scorer and in addition to 20 in 32 appearances in all competitions, he has also provided 10 goals. assist.

Madrid, who also look set to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe this summer at the end of his contract, are hoping Bellingham can help them catch City.

Guardiola believes Bellingham’s presence will be crucial for the record 14-time winners.

“(Bellingham’s) impact is huge,” Guardiola told reporters in March.

“This is a different team from last season — his influence is obvious, and we have to try to figure out what he does to control it.

“Facing Real Madrid is always a difficult challenge, no one can deny it. They are a unique club, and in this competition they can control many things with their past experience.”

Madrid have a track record of wresting victory from the jaws of defeat in Europe and did so against Manchester City in 2022 en route to glory.

Rodrygo Goes scored in the 90th and 91st minutes against City to force the tie into extra-time and Karim Benzema scored the winner to secure a remarkable 6-5 aggregate victory. victory for Los Blancos.

However, the following season Benzema was not fully fit, and a spineless Madrid collapsed at the Etihad Stadium in a 4-0 second-leg thrashing.

Despite only being at the club for a few months, Bellingham is already showing an appetite for the big occasion.

The midfielder helped Madrid come from behind to beat Barcelona 2-1, bagging a brace in October’s league game including the 92nd-minute winner.

Bellingham’s Madrid beat Barcelona 4-1 in his second Clasico appearance to claim the Spanish Super Cup in January, his first trophy with Madrid.

Eight points clear in La Liga, a second encouraging domestic, but Bellingham knows how much a win in the Champions League means to his club.

“I’d rather keep scoring for 90 plus minutes than 15, even though it might take a little more weight (on) my heart and the hearts of the fans,” Bellingham said afterward in the 94th minute win over Union Berlin in the group stage.

“That’s the history of the club, I’m new… but I’ve had a tv since I was little and I don’t remember from what age I watched the complete return of Madrid where I thought that ‘there’s no chance’ and ‘it’s impossible’.”

Bellingham has four Champions League goals in six appearances this season, including scoring twice against Serie A champions Napoli.

An ankle sprain and a suspension have hampered his start to 2024 but the City tie offers Bellingham a chance to fully get back on track, against a club keen to sign him before it’s clear he’s targeting the his heart in Madrid.

Most would like to — even at age 20, Bellingham is drawing comparisons to some of the all-time greats.

“There are things about the way he plays that remind me of (Zinedine) Zidane – it’s his incredible quality on the ball,” Ancelotti declared in February.

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