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Carvajal heaps praise on Real Madrid hero after 1-0 win over Mallorca: “He deserved it”

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Back in the team, Dani Carvajal led Real Madrid to a 1-0 victory over RCD Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu, courtesy of an Antonio Rudiger strike.

With the match having been goalless until the 77th minute, things seemed difficult for the current league leaders and it felt like valuable points would be dropped.

But, up stepped Rudiger, powering a header into the back of the net from Luka Modric’s corner to fire his team to a victory and assure their place at the top of the table after 19 matches in La Liga.

Speaking to the media after the match, captain Carvajal praised his fellow defender, claiming that Rudiger deserved the moment after his excellent performances in recent matches.

“He deserved it, he’s playing some fantastic games. I experienced it firsthand, I blocked him and saw him go in. Teamwork,” Carvajal said.

Real Madrid’s hero. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Analysing the match overall, the right-back added: “It’s always a difficult game after the holidays. Mallorca played a tactically very good game, very aggressive in defence. As in Vitoria, the set piece gave us the win.”

When asked about another set-piece handing them a win, like against Alaves, Carvajal replied: “It’s key, making it three in three, like against Alavés, keeps you in the lead.”

Despite being without their three defensive pillars in Eder Militao, David Alaba, and Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid managed to secure yet another clean sheet. In total, they have let in just 11 goals in La Liga this term.

Talking about the team’s defensive solidity, Carvajal said: “That speaks for the work of the team. With so many absentees, the team gives everything and that figure reflects that.”

Finally, giving his assessment of the first half of the season, the defender said: “We’ll probably go out as leaders. 48 points in the first half of the season is a lot. In the second half of the season we’ll be looking to surpass that.”

Source: AS

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final

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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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