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Real Madrid match-winner vs Barcelona credits teammates for result – ‘They were fantastic’

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Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham has relayed the importance of last night’s 3-2 win over Barcelona, saying that everyone in the team did an excellent job.

The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder, who ended his goalscoring drought after clinching an injury-time winner, scored his 17th goal of the season, taking to tally to 21 strikes for the season.

Speaking after the match, the midfielder said that it was a brilliant match and both teams played fantastic football.

“It was a brilliant victory once again. It was later than we expected, but it was a great game,” said the midfielder as quoted by Mundo Deportivo

“Barcelona played very well and so have we. All that was missing was the final touch when we attacked and in the end, we achieved it,” he added.

Locker room atmosphere

Bellingham pressed on the fact that Real Madrid entered the tie quite fatigued, having played more than 120 minutes against Manchester City during midweek. Yet, everybody played an excellent game.

“We were all excellent and did a great job. It is not easy to play 120 minutes during the week and today another 90. My teammates, they were fantastic and all the credit goes to them.

“When you are able to play with that mentality against two top teams and beat them both in a demanding way, you can see the unity and mentality of this group. 

“We must maintain it until the end of the season,” he added.

Jude Bellingham scored the winning goal against Barcelona. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

His thoughts on the goal

Bellingham’s injury-time winner was perfectly crafted by Lucas Vazquez, but even Joselu deserves praise for leaving the ball as he did. Despite being in front of the goal, the veteran forward left the running ball for Bellingham to take a shot.

“The goal was constructed very well on the right wing, Lucas played an incredible game today and the cross was brilliant. 

“I wasn’t so lucky in the last few games in the box, but today the ball came to me and I just had to put it in. It was a great job from my teammates to make him score,” said Bellingham.

The midfielder added that despite the win, the title is not sealed and the team will look to put more effort into the remaining matches of the season.

“This was another step towards our goal, we have not won yet and we have six games left to continue fighting and adding points that bring us closer to the goal.”

Lastly, he went on the explain the environment at Santiago Bernabeu, saying that everyone who watched the match expected maximum quality.

“El Clasico is the most important match in world football. Everyone who watches it expects a match of maximum quality and intensity. And that’s what we had today. 

“The fans were incredible, taking the game to another level and with the roof closed we had a spectacular experience. It is always great to play in a Clásico and even better to win it.”

“Our fans were incredible, louder than Barcelona’s and made the game more exciting. We had to match them with our performance and the result. It has been a happy day for everyone,” he added.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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