In what does not come as even a little bit surprising, Real Madrid blockbuster signing Jude Bellingham has won the La Liga Player of the Month award for August.
Having signed for Los Blancos only this past summer, the 20-year-old England international has taken La Liga by storm.
In his first three appearances for Real Madrid, the English wonderkid has scored four goals and set up one more in the league, and has undoubtedly been the best player for Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
Signed from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of €103 million plus variables, Bellingham has hit the ground running in Spain and is very much deserving of the Player of the Month award in his very first month in the league.
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Bellingham’s tally of five goal contributions is the joint-highest in the top ten leagues of Europe, giving and indication of the blazing start the midfield star has made.
Bellingham will play his first home game for Real Madrid later this week when Real Madrid host Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu and will be eager to continue in the same vein of form.
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.