Real Madrid's Jude Bellingham celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Champions League group C football match between Real Madrid and FC Union Berlin at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. Photo: AP
Bellingham has scored in all but one of his appearances with Madrid. The 20-year-old England midfielder will now face his first derby on Sunday at Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league when the hosts aim to stop him from increasing his tally of six goals in as many games.
Bellingham has shown a knack for being where he needs to be to snatch last-gasp winners. He was there to turn in a rebound and secure a 1-0 win over Union Berlin in their Champions League opener on Wednesday, after having scored a similar goal against Getafe in the Spanish league earlier this month.
For Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, Bellingham “has talent and it looks like he’s lucky” with the ball bouncing his way.
“This goal is similar to the one against Getafe, but you have to be there,” Ancelotti said about his new star’s goal against Berlin. “He’s smarter than others when attacking from the second line. He has this quality and he’s making the most of it.”
Madrid tops the Spanish league with a two-point lead over Barcelona and Girona. Athletic Bilbao is fourth at five points adrift.
Atletico are already eight points back in seventh place and is wary of top rivals from opening up a lead that would be hard to close.
Diego Simeone’s team was flying high after dealing Rayo Vallecano a 7-0 defeat on the road last month. But since returning from the international break, Atletico has slumped to a 3-0 loss at Valencia and drew 1-1 at Lazio in its Champions League opener after the opposing goalkeeper equalized with a stoppage-time header.
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