Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has compared Jude Bellingham with Zinedine Zidane after the England internationa’s display in their 4-2 win over Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
“It’s difficult to compare two different generations,” Ancelotti said in his post-match news conference when asked about comparisons with Zidane, who was watching the game at the Bernabeu.
“What I see is [Bellingham’s] ability to get into the box. Zidane didn’t have that. And the individual quality which Zidane had, Bellingham doesn’t have.
“But that’s modern football. Modern football requires physical players like Bellingham, who can cover a lot of the pitch quickly.”
Bellingham’s header put the LaLiga side 2-1 up in the Group C game at the Santiago Bernabeu, after Giovanni Simeone put Napoli ahead and Rodrygo levelled for the hosts.
Napoli’s Frank Zambo Anguissa made it 2-2 after half-time and youngster Nico Paz restored Madrid’s lead, before Bellingham provided an assist for Joselu to secure the win in added time.
Bellingham has now scored 15 goals in 16 games for Real Madrid, finding the net in every Champions League appearance for the club so far.