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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Ancelotti praises ‘stupendous’ Bellingham after El Clasico double

(Bellingham) looks like a veteran out there because of his attitude, says Ancelotti

Reuters, AP/PTI Barcelona Published 30.10.23, 09:04 AM
Carlo Ancelotti.

Carlo Ancelotti. File picture

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti hailed Jude Bellingham as "stupendous" after the midfielder scored twice to earn his side a 2-1 win at Barcelona.

Ancelotti said the 20-year-old Englishman kept surprising him with his maturity and that he gave Real the spark they needed to recover against a Barcelona side who dominated proceedings before succumbing due to two late stunners.

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"(Bellingham) looks like a veteran out there because of his attitude. His first goal changed the dynamic completely of what was a difficult game for us," Ancelotti told a news conference.

"I can't deny that we are all surprised with his vein of form, especially with his level and his effectiveness. He is everywhere on the field.

"Today (Saturday) he was stupendous and shocked everyone with his wonderful first goal."

Madrid's celebrations, meanwhile, were dented by the club's announcement on Sunday that midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni fractured his left foot.

The club said his progress will “be monitored,” but this type of injury is likely to sideline him for at least a month.

Barcelona faced criticism from one of their own players, with veteran midfielder Ilkay Gundogan saying he wanted to see more “frustration” and “anger” from teammates.

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