There was emotion in every ounce of air in the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon when Jude Bellingham slid the ball past David Soria.
The clock read 95 minutes, and it was the Getafe goalkeeper’s only mistake on the night. Yet, football is a cruel game and it is games like this that gifts the winning side confidence.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after his team’s 2-1 win over Getafe and covered a plethora of topics from the tactical change to the performance of specific stars. Here are the takeaways from his press conference.
The manager began his interview with a brief explanation of how his team got back into the game after going 1-0 down early.
“Little by little we got back into the game. We didn’t have many chances in the first half because Getafe defended with full energy and commitment,” the Italian said.
“In the second half it was different because we scored early and had many chances,” he added.
The Italian tactician even extended his support for Fran Garcia, who unfortunately gave up Getafe’s opening goal on a platter.
“The match was difficult, we played against a team that defended very well. We conceded the first goal, and that doesn’t change my thoughts about Fran Garcia, who has had a good start to the season.”
He then lauded the man who scored the winning goal on the night, and in the process, his fifth goal in four appearances for the club – Jude Bellingham.
“We deserved to win with a goal from Bellingham who is used to scoring. Bellingham’s quality doesn’t surprise us, the number of goals surprises us.“
“Jude Bellingham can reach 15 goals this season,” he added.
The game was equally balanced in the first half, with the visitors taking the upper hand for large parts at the Bernabeu. Toni Kroos’ introduction at half-time and his pairing with Luka Modric, however, changed the game. Commenting on the veterans, Ancelotti said,
“Kroos and Modric are still the best.
“Kroos has the quality to play any kind of game. He’s a player who has everything, experience, quality and he reads situations well,” he added on the German maestro.
The coach also elaborated on the tactical aspect behind his half-time changes, saying,
“If you put Kroos, it is true that you get more quality and more passing opportunities, it will be different from what Camavinga offers you. Placing Alaba on the left meant more concentration.”
Ancelotti was left fuming after his men fought over, and missed their penalty against Celta Vigo. When it appeared that they had won a spot-kick in tonight’s game, there appeared to be a better sense of understanding.
“The first penalty taker today was Joselu and the second was Modric. Modric wanted to shoot today but it was a trap for the opponent. Sometimes the opposing team insults and annoys the person who has the ball,” Ancelotti explained when asked about the penalty takers.
Ancelotti did not hold back in praising Dani Carvajal when asked about the in-form right-back and said, “We have the best version of him. He is the best right back on the market right now.”
Source: Real Madrid TV
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”