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Real Madrid’s Bellingham gives take on his La Liga suspension

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Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham has said that he hopes the team will appeal against the red card he received against Valencia over the last weekend, which is set to exclude him for the next two league games of the season.

Speaking after Real Madrid’s recent 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig which got them through to the UEFA Champions League quarter-final, the 20-year-old pressed that although he cannot say much about the incident, he is sure that he did not say anything offensive.

“I am not happy [with the red card], but I think that if the League and the club appeal there can be an agreement because I think that two games for that reason is a bit ridiculous, but if I have to miss them I assume responsibility and I will support the team from the stands” he was quoted by Mundo Deportivo

The midfielder added that although it was natural for the referee Gil Manzano to show him the red card, using a little more common sense during the incident would have culminated in a better result.

“At the moment, it is difficult to say anything because there are investigations and resources that are underway. We all know what happened.

“The referee, he is human, but so am I. They should use a little more common sense when judging actions.”

He also said, “I don’t think I said anything offensive, I didn’t say anything different from what my teammates said.”

About the draw against RB Leipzig

Jude Bellingham is not happy with the result against RB Leipzig. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Carlo Ancelotti played a very unusual 4-3-3 formation against Leipzig, with the likes of Federico Valverde and Vinicius Jr leading the lines alongside Bellingham. It took Real Madrid more than an hour to break the deadlock but even after that, they were quick in conceding.

Ultimately, they progressed through the next round owing to a 2-1 aggregate win, but Bellingham assured that he is not happy with the performance.

“I was not at my best level, I know that just recovering from that injury. We are pleased to go through, but not satisfied.”

He added, “We did not play our best, we needed to keep the ball a little better. But it’s important to be able to advance.”

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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