‘I’m broken now!’: Jude Bellingham admits he is exhausted after chasing ‘world class’ Manchester City stars, while Borussia Dortmund midfielder names Pep Guardiola as ‘one of the best teams in the world’
Jude Bellingham admitted he was ‘broken’ after chasing Manchester City’s ‘world-class’ stars at the Etihad for 90 minutes.
The 17-year-old midfielder played 90 minutes of Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat on Tuesday in the first leg of their quarter-final in the Champions League.
The youngster put in an impressive performance, but it wasn’t enough to stop City from taking an advantage in the second leg when Phil Foden scored a 90-minute winner.
Jude Bellingham admitted he was ‘broken’ after chasing the Manchester City players
City took the lead in the first half by a hit by Kevin De Bruyne, but Marco Reus equalized in the 84th minute.
However, the Premier League side regained the lead in the last minute when Ilkay Gundogan knocked over De Bruyne’s lofty pass for Foden to finish at close range.
Bellingham described City as one of the best teams in the world, saying he was broke full-time.
“Honestly, I’m broken now!” he told BT sports after the game.
The 17-year-old put in an impressive performance in the Etihad, but ended up on the losing side
‘They are brilliant, I think they are one of the best teams in the world, if not the best.
‘The way they move the ball and the way they go to regain the ball after losing it is world class.
“You give De Bruyne so much time in the sixteen that he is going to score and you give him so much time around sixteen that he is going to put a ball in that damage and it did.”
When asked about the bleeding knee he nursed after the game, the midfielder replied, “That’s because of chasing them!”
Despite losing the first leg at the Etihad, Dortmund’s away goal means they only have to score once at home to advance if they can keep the zero.
Bellingham added that he thought his side was playing well in parts and their away goal next week could be crucial.
Bellingham said Dortmund gave Kevin De Bruyne too much time and space on the ball
The midfielder was denied a goal after the referee ruled that he had made a foul on Ederson
‘I think we frustrated them well when they had the ball. Sometimes I think they had a hard time breaking us down, we used the ball quite well and fairly efficiently.
‘For our goal, I think it’s a brilliant game to put Marco in it and it’s a great finish. We’re still disappointed to give in so late, but we can use that away goal in the second leg and see what we can do. ‘
Bellingham could have been on the scoresheet himself in the first half, while the midfielder won the ball over Ederson before ending up in an empty net.
But referee Ovidiu Hategan had been blown out for a foul before Bellingham had scored, meaning the decision could not be checked by VAR. He also got a yellow card for the incident, despite appearing to win the ball cleanly.