It was a dream debut for Jude Bellingham as the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder scored in his LaLiga debut with Real Madrid against Athletic Bilbao.
Bellingham scored the second in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win to start off the new league campaign. The 20-year-old volleyed a shot off the corner — albeit somewhat scuffed — hitting the ground and going over the outstretched hand of Unai Simon.
“I am not going to get too excited by the goal and the win,” Bellinham said. “I’ve been taught that if you try to hit the target then you give yourself a chance. I didn’t get the best contact with it, I got a bit lucky, but I hit the target and it went in.”
“Bellingham is a fantastic kid, he displays quality, personality, he is a hard worker. He is just fantastic,” Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said after the match.
“He is very motivated to be here, he is a fantastic player and a very, very important signing.”
As a whole, Real Madrid were the better side despite Athletic Bilbao having most of the ball in the opening half hour of the first half. Rodrygo opened the scoring through a thunderous shot from the right, inside the area.
The home side struggled to create danger once they got into the Madrid third, misplaying a lot of balls and relying on the Williams brothers to produce a moment of magic.
However, it wasn’t all good news for Real Madrid as they lost center-back Eder Militao to injury. The Brazilian left the pitch in tears after appearing to injure his knee. Ancelotti wasn’t too positive when asked to give an update.
“Militao has suffered a sprained knee,” Ancelotti said. “It doesn’t look good.”
It would be another injury blow as Real Madrid have already lost Thibaut Courtois to an ACL injury and is likely to miss the rest of the season.
Real Madrid’s next match is in a week’s time when they travel to take on Almeria.