Jude Bellingham’s ‘anger’ about disallowed Champions League goal vs Man City spurred him on to open Borussia Dortmund account

Jude Bellingham channelled his anger in the right way to net his first Bundesliga goal having been controversially denied a maiden Champions League effort against Manchester City last week.

The former Birmingham City academy starlet was on target as Dortmund kept their slim top-four hopes alive with a 3-2 win at Stuttgart.

Bellingham has taken his game to the next level at Borussia Dortmund

But just days earlier the teenage midfielder was left gutted after being denied a goal at the Etihad, a game which Pep Guardiola’s men went on to win 2-1.

The 17-year-old thought he had opened his Dortmund account in the first half of the Champions League quarter-final first leg, after nicking the ball off goalkeeper Ederson and stroking the ball into an empty net.

Bellingham quite clearly got a toe to the ball moments before Ederson completed his swing, with the City goalkeeper connecting only with the bottom of the England international’s boot.

The referee, Ovidiu Hategan, had other ideas though and deemed it a foul, and as he had blown his whistle before the ball went over the line, the VAR on duty was unable to reverse the decision.

Bellingham couldn’t believe his luck after being denied a first-half goal against City

The wonderkid’s injured teammate Jadon Sancho couldn’t believe what he was witnessing on his TV screen, and tweeted his displeasure at Hategan.

Bellingham, though, recovered from that blow to notch his first Dortmund strike just four days later.

And talkSPORT’s Bundesliga expert Kevin Hatchard believed the effort stemmed from his frustrations over the incident in Manchester.

He explained: “He’s clearly angry about the goal he didn’t get against City in the first leg of that Champions League tie, but he’s put that behind him and is using that as fuel to drive him on. He’s an unbelievable player.

“That kid is unbelievable. He’s 17 and just scored his first Bundesliga goal in a win at Stuttgart.

“What I loved about it was that it was an equaliser early in the second half and he didn’t for a millisecond think about celebrating. 

“All he was interested in was getting the ball and carrying on. He’s so impressive in interviews. He’s so mature on the pitch.”

The 17-year-old has already received senior England international recognition
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Meanwhile, Dortmund coach Edin Terzic says he has not been surprised at how quickly Bellingham has taken to playing at the highest level.

“Straight away, with all the problems and issues he had, like living abroad without his family, he’s always performed very well,” Terzic said.

“Then he got a call-up by England. That squad is full of potential and talent.

“If he’s involved in that group [at Euro 2020], then we’re very proud we have such a good player with us.”

He continued: “We’re not really surprised. He’s only 17, but he had played first-team football before he came to us. He had a great season at Birmingham.

“His work-rate in training is always good and from the very first one you could see he was ready.

“What we are a bit surprised at is that he plays like this every three days, at this level.

“We know young men will have ups and downs. He’s not had many downs, but we’re there if that happens.

“We’re trying to help and support him to get to the next level.”

Source: Sport

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