Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Almeria was all about Jude Bellingham. All ten players other than the English star put up memorable performances of their own, but the new signing was at a whole new level.
The youngster scored Real Madrid’s equaliser with a striker’s instinct before netting the second goal for the team with a neat header. As if his contributions were not enough, he also bagged the assist for Vinicius’ goal against Vincente Moreno’s men.
The English phenom spoke to the media after his man-of-the-match display on Saturday night and first spoke at length about the team’s comeback win at the Power Horse Stadium.
“I liked the comeback and the team’s fight. Many teams find it difficult if they concede soon and we don’t. We continued to play well and there were no panicked faces. It was a comfortable game in the end.”
The youngster then spoke about how he watched many of Real Madrid’s nail-biting comebacks from hopeless situations in the past. As a player on the team now, he revealed what makes Los Blancos the comeback kings.
“I have seen many times on TV go back to Real Madrid. I remember thinking ‘they won’t be able’, but they came back. Now, being here, I am living the experience. There is a lot of serenity and you never think you’re going to lose.”
“I looked at the faces of my teammates and there were no panicked faces. We come back thanks to the experience,” he added on the team’s composure.
When asked to comment on his brace and his feelings after the hard-fought win, Bellingham said,
“I’m very happy, but the most important thing is to play well and contribute. I know my teammates will be looking for me, but it’s not about scoring goals. I’m happy to score them and help the team win, but I have to work on all aspects.”
The youngster may have been the team’s best player on the night, but he remained rooted to the ground even after his stellar show. He spoke on the room for improvement in his game and how his growth has accelerated since signing for Real Madrid.
“I’m ten times better player than last season. I am very comfortable with these players and I learn every day. The level here is very high and I am like a sponge assimilating everything from my teammates.”
“That’s why I’ve started this season so well. I have to keep helping the team. There are many games left and I have to continue contributing,” he added.
Finally, the new signing had special words for Real Madrid fans and thanked them for receiving him with much love.
“I hope you are enjoying how I play. I love playing for them. It’s important, it doesn’t matter the result, to show them affection. If they are happy, we are all happy. I am delighted with the reception and I want to continue to give you joy.”
Vinicius elated after first goal of the season
The second goalscorer at Power Horse Stadium, Vinicius Jr, also faced the press briefly after the game. He first commented on the team’s overall performance as follows.
“We played really well from the start. We conceded the goal but we kept up the rhythm that we showed in the last game, and that’s important at the start of the season because teams find it hard to handle us.”
The youngster then highlighted the two key takeaways from Saturday’s clash against Almeria.
“We have to keep this up because it’s very important to win games so we can be successful this season. The best thing about it was our press and everyone’s top commitment.”
Vini was modest when asked to describe his first goal of the season and attributed luck to his brilliant finish.
“I got a bit lucky but I’m really pleased to have scored my first goal this season. I hope it’s the first of many.”
Finally, the Brazilian phenom spoke about Bellingham, the chemistry he shared with the midfielder, and his objectives on that front.
“I hope it’ll be like my connection with Karim, which led to loads of goals and assists.”
Source: Real Madrid website
Real Madrid retain total confidence in Carlo Ancelotti despite derby disaster – report
Sunday night was a disappointing one for Real Madrid as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano.
The Merengues suffered their first defeat of the 2023/24 season as former striker Alvaro Morata scored a brace for the Rojiblancos while Antoine Griezmann was also on target.
Real Madrid might be feeling aggrieved by some of the calls made by the referee on the night but they were just not good enough to secure all three points at the Metropolitano.
Real Madrid retain full confidence in Ancelotti
Despite the disappointing performance and outcome, Real Madrid retain their full and total confidence in manager Carlo Ancelotti, reports Jose Felix Diaz (via RM4Arab).
There had been question marks about the team selection made by the manager for the derby against Atletico Madrid.
After all, the Italian opted to bench Joselu from the starting XI to bring in Luka Modric and shift the tactics.
Aurelien Tchouameni was also left out despite being one of the team’s strongest performers this season with Toni Kroos being preferred.
The Real Madrid hierarchy wishes for the manager to trust the next-gen midfield for the big games but Ancelotti’s selection indicated that he is still not ready to do so.
Despite there being some differences, the board retains full confidence in Ancelotti.
Ancelotti accepts blame for defeat
It was a disappointing performance from Real Madrid in their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far and speaking after the match, manager Ancelotti accepted the blame for the outcome.
“Maybe I could have done it better. It’s pretty clear. When the team doesn’t do what it has to do, it’s my responsibility. It’s my fault,” Ancelotti said.
With the game done and dusted, Real Madrid now turn their focus towards producing a strong comeback when they face Las Palmas later this week.