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Jude Bellingham elated after Real Madrid beat Napoli 4-2: “We are a family”



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Jude Bellingham was once again the star of the show as Real Madrid secured a 4-2 win over Serie A champions Napoli last night.

After going behind to a Giovanni Simeone strike, Los Blancos equalised through Rodrygo, before Bellingham made it 2-1 not long after.

Napoli equalised early in the second period, but two late goals from Nico Paz and Joselu ensured that Real Madrid bagged all three points at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The victory means that Los Blancos will now finish as the leaders of Group C in the UEFA Champions League, having won each of their five games in the competition thus far.

Bellingham ended the night with a goal and an assist, having set Joselu up for the fourth goal with a lovely outside-of-the-boot pass.

Soon after the Spaniard scored, he was seen apologising to the Real Madrid supporters, while Bellingham encouraged him to celebrate his goals in front of the fans properly.

Talking about the moment after the game, the Englishman said: “He always does great, he was a little embarrassed for missing so many chances, but it’s football and we have to support him until the end.”

“I tried to find him inside the area and fortunately I succeeded,” he added.

The England international, who is breaking record after record at Real Madrid, also spoke about the atmosphere in the dressing room, saying:

“We are a family. A great team. When one of us is going through a bad time, it is important to support them,” he stated.

Source: AS

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season




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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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