I say that as a compliment. I remember hearing an interview with him when he was picked for England and he was asked who he was with. He said yes, but I’m fine myself – a statement that reminded me of Wayne Rooney, who realized at 14 that he was the best player. Everton’s best player.
However, I wonder if Bellingham will now spend his entire career in La Liga. Sadly, the Premier League seems to be moving away from other leagues in terms of quality, and given his character, he will surely want some adoration from his home country at some point.
I can’t lie, I’m looking forward to watching Bellingham tonight. He’s probably the closest thing to Bryan Robson I’ve seen since Bryan Robson, and I can’t think of a higher compliment than that.
I really like Rio Ferdinand’s “I’m listening and thinking” interview expression – Still, it’s a good choice compared to former UFC play-by-play commentator Mike Goldberg.
Uncontrollable laughter in the afternoon:
In an ominous display of power, Real Madrid beat Manchester City 4-0 at the weekend but Jude Bellingham was injured during the game so Brahim Diaz took his place.
Leipzig made one adjustment from the 2-2 draw with Augsburg, with Kanpur withdrawing and Simakan coming on. This means either an extra centre-back is needed or Henrich needs to be added in midfield.
Leipzig: (4-2-2-2): Gulaschi; Simakan, Klostermann, Orban, Laum; Schrager, Henriques; Olmo, Simons; Sesko, Openda. Substitute: Blasvich, Singler, Lenz, Bitsheyab, Elmas, Haidara, Poulsen, Sewald, Baumgartner, Lukba, Jatta, Kanpur .
Real Madrid (4-4-2): Lunin; Carvajal, Nacho, Chuameni, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Camavinga, Diaz; Rodrigo, Vinicius. Substitute: Arrizabalaga, Gonzalez, Modric, Joselu, Lucas Vasquez, Ceballos, Fran Garcia, Ardagule, Mario Martin, Paz, Alba Lo Carrillo, Ramon.
Football teaches us all kinds of things – like capitals and trivia, or advanced geopolitics and basic shilling.Or when it comes to the European Cup and Champions Leagueyou can never rule out Real Madrid.
But can they turn la decimocuarta into la decimoquinta – adding fluency in foreign languages to the roster – to ease the pain of what happened last season? What happened last season, and I mean all the semi-final defeats of Madre de Dios, was that Manchester City had an age check.
Of course, Madrid did what Madrid did: they signed Judfredo di Stefellingham, a club that was perfect for a player who had no idea how good he was, and the two already liked each other as we all know. As assumed.
This is not the case either. Rodrygo and Vinicius are improving, Camavinga is growing, Kroos and Modric are now more effective than deployed together; there is a feeling that something is being built.
If it seems unlikely that a team would lose to Germany’s fifth-placed side over two legs after everything they’ve been through, that’s because it is. But football also teaches us that football is not like that, that a team with Dani Olmo, Xavi Simons, Lois Oponda and Benjamin Sesco can piss anyone off. So pour yourself a cold glass of Gazprom, kick back, and enjoy what should be a decent night of football.
kick off: 9pm local time, 8pm GMT