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.
Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report
Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.
The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.
Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.
This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.
Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia
Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.
With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.
This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.
Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.
What are Ancelotti’s other options?
Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.
The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.
Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.
Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.