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Bellingham on his time at Real Madrid so far: “To have this responsibility feels like a huge privilege”

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Real Madrid, for many, is the pinnacle of club football. It arguably does not get bigger for any player than to don the white jersey and embrace its crest for the Merengues are the most successful club in the history of the sport.

The high standards at Real Madrid, thus, make it a daunting task for the players to cope with the pressure. The margin for error is close to inexistent, for nothing short of a commanding win is seen as an acceptable result.

Speaking in a recent interview, Real Madrid sensation Jude Bellingham gave his two cents on what the Real Madrid crest stood for and how it dictated the spirit the men in white displayed on the field.

“They are always linked to the team. Big trophies, big players, and big moments. You as a player are always looking to add to these stories.”

Elaborating on the prestige associated with playing for the 14-time UEFA Champions League winners, the in-form attacking midfielder said,

“I feel very proud of my number, of working with this coaching staff, and of this badge. I think it can all be summed up with the word ‘privilege’. Not many players have the opportunity to play for such a big club.”

He also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the fans across the globe for their constant support and dived into the subject of his aspirations for the new year.

“It’s very good to feel the affection of the fans. It’s the first time for me and I’m very grateful. For 2024 I ask for many titles, goals and help the team win the game. And enjoy being a Real Madrid player.”

Finally, Bellingham spoke on the various investments expected from a Real Madrid player, both in terms of performance and commitment, and how he lived up to the sky-high expectations.

“Working at Real Madrid requires a certain level of quality and mentality, and to have this responsibility feels like a huge privilege to me. Every day I come I try to work hard to be the best. The goal when you come to Real Madrid is to win everything.”

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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