Jude Bellingham

Carlo Ancelotti elaborates on the factors leading to Jude Bellingham’s first-half substitution in the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich

The reasons behind Jude Bellingham’s miss out after the break in the Champions League semi-final is shared by Carlo Ancelotti.

What’s the story?

Bellingham was subbed off 15 minutes before Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw in Munich, leaving the pitch while his side was a goal behind after Leroy Sane and Harry Kane turned the tide after Vincius Jr’s opener. It was a blow to lose the physically struggling English midfielder in the hour mark. However, his tally for the season stands at 21 goals and 10 assists so far, besides his mammoth presence on the field.

Carlo Ancelotti expressed his thoughts stating

Jude Bellingham was not at the best level tonight, but the same for the entire team. Bellingham got cramps after 60 minutes, so I had to substitute him.” said the manager during the post-match interview.

The Broader picture

Real Madrid’s La Liga win over Real Sociedad last Friday had a similar scenario where Bellingham sat out due to stomach illness. Even though, his name was not initially on the travelling list but still joined his teammates at San Sebastian and remained as an unused substitute. That absence could shed some light on the Germany incident.

What’s in store for Jude Bellingham and Real Madrid

In just eight days Real Madrid host Bayern Munich for the decider, which means Bellingham has plenty of additional time to rest and recover by sitting out for the Cadiz game in La Liga. Leading the way domestically with an 11-point gap over Barcelona gives the Real boss the freedom to rest the main players similar to the Real Sociedad game. Moreover, as Real Madrid has one firm grip over the Spanish crown, Ancelotti will be very keen to deliver Champions League number 15 for the fans.

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