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Bellingham looking forward to Borussia Dortmund reunion in UCL final – ‘I can’t believe it’

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In classic Champions League fashion, Real Madrid defied all odds to seal a comeback against Bayern Munich in the dying embers of the game.

Thanks to Joselu’s heroics, Los Blancos delivered a one-two punch, scoring twice in the closing minutes to secure the win.

With a Champions League final impending against Borussia Dortmund, the spotlight is now on Jude Bellingham, who will face his former club in a highly-anticipated showdown.

Bellingham over the moon

Bellingham was understandably overjoyed after his team got past the finish line, deeming the win a dream come true and claiming he would need the night to let it all sink in.

“It’s a dream come true. One of the lads just said, ‘If I’d told you in pre-season, would you have believed me?’

“Probably not, to be fair, because when you’re a kid you always think about playing in one and when you get here you can’t believe it.

I’m a little bit excited, a little bit surprised still. I’ll probably take tonight to take it in,” Bellingham said to DAZN (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

What a dream debut season for Bellingham. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Moreover, the 20-year-old midfield lauded Real Madrid’s personality and hunger to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

“Character sums up tonight’s game. It sums up our season. We have quality and talent in abundance, but in some of these games where it seems like we are out, we have players who come off the bench and can do a job and still win a game,” he stated.

On the reunion with Dortmund

The final will be a special occasion for all players involved in this glorious match-up, but especially for Bellingham, who will reunite with his former club. Bellingham remarked:

“It’s crazy. I can’t believe it. It could only happen like this. My first final. In England, against Dortmund. To their credit, they deserve their place in the final.

“It will be nice to see some old friends. I think I’ll turn off the phone and leave the messages for tomorrow.”

Aiming to walk in Zidane’s footsteps

Bellingham referenced Zidane’s iconic performance in the Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen, indicating a desire to emulate the Frenchman’s success and impact in a high-stakes match.

“Zidane is my inspiration and I would love to do what he did in the Champions League final with Madrid.

I am very happy, my family has been here today and that makes it even sweeter. It will be exciting to play my first Champions League final with Madrid,” he mentioned.

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Real Madrid ace misses training for third consecutive day ahead of UCL final

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As Real Madrid get closer and closer to their final game of the season against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, they are now sweating over the availability of one of their players.

It has already been confirmed that both David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni will miss the finals in London due to injuries.

Other than that, Carlo Ancelotti is likely to have the entirety of his squad available at his disposal, although there could be some concerns surrounding Andriy Lunin.

Lunin not in training for the third day in running

Indeed, Andriy Lunin has not participated in team training today, making it three days in a row heading into the Champions League final, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper is down with a fever that has kept him out of training for three days in a row now.

However, the report does add that despite not being in training for three days now, the Ukrainian international will fly to London and be on the squad list for the finals.

But with reports already suggesting that Thibaut Courtois will be starting in goal against Dortmund, Lunin’s continued absence from training only further strengthens the Belgian’s chances.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was absent from training on Tuesday due to personal reasons, is back working with the rest of the squad today. The Spaniard will have no involvement in Saturday’s final though.

Carlo Ancelotti is likely to go with the exact same starting lineup that he named for the Merengues’ final La Liga match against Real Betis.

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