Having gone behind very early to Barcelona in the first El Clasico of the season, Real Madrid were bailed out by summer signing Jude Bellingham.
The 20-year-old, who is the leading goalscorer for Los Blancos and in La Liga this season, added another to his tally, as he netted a thunderous strike in the 68th minute to make it 1-1 away at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys.
A cross from the left flank by a Real Madrid player was cleared by Barça but it went only as far as Bellingham, who took a touch to get the ball under his control before unleashing a sensational strike from a little over 25 yards out which left Marc-Andre ter Stegen with no chance.
In his short time at Real Madrid, Bellingham has scored some important and special goals, but this will certainly be the best of the bunch.
JUDE BELLINGHAM WHAT A GOAL! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/GDVzJDx69J— TC (@totalcristiano) October 28, 2023
With not much time left to be played, it remains to be seen if there are any late heroics from players from either side.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.