Three games, an injury and some statements that raise doubts about the state of Bellingham | Relief

Three games, an injury and some statements that raise doubts about the state of Bellingham | Relief
Three games, an injury and some statements that raise doubts about the state of Bellingham | Relief

He decided the Clásico just 10 days ago with a shot in the 91st minute that clinched the League, but the goals do not cover up the fact that Jude Bellingham (20 years old) Its level has dropped significantly for several weeks. The Englishman, who was not found either in the first leg or the second leg against City, a gray match took place again in Munich and was substituted in the 75th minute. Minutes ago cramps had set in. “I changed him because I couldn’t take it anymore“, Ancelotti later clarified. The player, during the Laureus Awards a week ago, had already mentioned feeling “exhausted”, although in that case he was referring to the “crazy days” that the team experienced after eliminating the Guardiola and beating Barça.

The reality is that the version of the Briton has dropped significantly compared to the first half of the season, when he amazed with his goals and his contribution to the game. The numerical decrease is evident (17 goals with Real Madrid in 2023, four in 2024) and also that his contribution to attack and creation has decreased. In the Allianz he did not finish, he generated only one chance and he was imprecise when it came to hooking and giving continuity to the unchecking of Vinicius and Rodrygo.

In his little fall, can be understood as something logical Due to his age, the load of the season and because his numbers at the beginning of the course were simply extraterrestrial and impossible to maintain, several factors have influenced. The first, and which the footballer himself has resorted to in his last appearances, is the ankle injury he suffered in February. In the 4-0 defeat to he was “one millimeter” away from suffering a serious break and took home a high-grade sprain that kept him out of the competition for two weeks. Since his return nothing has been the same.

He reappeared precisely in Valencia, on the controversial visit to Mestalla, and saw a red card for his ‘it’s a fucking goal’ that left him in the stands for another two weeks. Jude himself had already referred to this before the clash against City at the Etihad: “The ankle injury against Girona killed me. When I got over the pain, I played against Valencia and scored a goal, but they punished me. It has affected me at the pace I had. I have had to change some things, now I work a little more for the team, and that takes away some of my effectiveness. I don’t care about criticism, it makes me stronger“.

The virus, the explanation of xG and an ‘ogre’

The midfielder is also carrying the virus that hit him last week and that made him almost not travel to San Sebastián to face Real. At first, in fact, he was left out of the squad, but his slight improvement made him request to be included on the list… so as not to play for a minute. The club and the coaching staff understood his gesture as a demonstration of professionalism, commitment and leadership.

In the entity and in the locker room, no one doubts Jude, exemplary in his behavior since he set foot in Valdebebas. Veterans adore him; He boasts of his deep friendship with young people like Vinicius, Rodrygo, Tchouameni, his ‘brother of his’ Brahim or Camavinga; and he welcomes the youth players from Castilla and C who come up to train like no one else, always friendly and inclusive and without the air of a star. That’s why, and above all for the talent and intelligence that he has already shown and that places him among the favorites for the next Ballon d’Or., everyone trusts that he will reach the final stretch in a good time. Ancelotti, after the draw in Germany, showed his full confidence in recovering him: “The injury has affected him a lot, but I think he will recover to an optimal version very soon. In the return he will be one hundred percent.”

BELLINGHAM’S NUMBERS ARE NO LONGER EXCEPTIONAL

The drop that draws the most attention, that of goals, is explained (as simple as it may seem) through a drop in their effectiveness percentages. The data shows that he steps into the area in practically identical proportions as before, and that in the first round he boasted extraordinary figures and now he is left with simply positive numbers for a footballer in his area. During the first days of the League, Bellingham converted 77.7% of his shotsunparalleled data. Now it moves around 15%.

In response to his discomfort and the low importance of this Saturday’s duel against Cádiz (4:15 p.m., M+ LALIGA TV), it does not seem to be ruled out that Ancelotti opts for a massive rotation like the one he practiced at the Reale Arena. Bellingham, in that case, will have all the votes to rest. Madrid needs him in form against Bayern, Jude’s personal ogre: In nine games he hasn’t scored a single goal… and he hasn’t beaten them either (two draws, seven losses).

 
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