Jude Bellingham is convincing against Manchester City despite the defeat – and brings experts and coaches into raptures. The BVB star also breaks two Champions League records.
His goal in the 56th minute was just the crowning glory of a game in which he was convincing at both ends of the field.
As a result, he earned the praise and admiration of numerous pundits, coaches, and journalists.
Ex-Bayern star Hargreaves delighted with Bellingham
“The way he speaks and plays for a 19-year-old is not normal,” Owen Hargreaves told BT Sport.
The 41-year-old even compared him to an all-purpose tool: “He’s a Swiss army knife, he’s on a par with the best.”
“Jude can play physically, like Steve G (Gerrard, ed.) once did, and play the balls steeply into the top. Those are the players you have to worry about as an opponent,” the former Bayern star praised his compatriot, saying he was impressed by his diverse talents on the pitch.
Bellingham record holder in the Champions League Meanwhile, it was Bellingham’s 18th Champions League appearance – a record for an English teenager.
The same goes for his four goals in the top flight, which also put him top of the table for England Under-20s in that category.
But it is not only his attacking qualities that make him stand out. Against the ball-dominant Citizens, he excelled with his play against the ball, which also impressed his coach Edin Terzic.
“He blocked so many passes and crosses and got it forward. He was very good again against Manchester City,” Terzic praised his “Swiss army knife” in the center.
Guardiola is not surprised by Bellingham
Terzic’s opposite number Pep Guardiola also said appreciatively, “He has the skills to defend, but at the same time he has the sense of where to stand when he scores.”
“He’s an exceptional player, I think everyone knows that,” said Guardiola, for whom Bellingham’s potential had been clear for some time: “I was impressed when he was 17.”
The 19-year-old put in an incredibly mature performance, pulling the strings in midfield, playing great passes, and scoring with his head to take the lead,” who gave him a grade of 1.5 in his review.
His conclusion: “There is only one word for him: world-class! In his home country, the Englishman once again showed why he is one of the hottest stocks in world football.”
Experts demand a regular place for World Cup in Qatar
Looking ahead to the World Cup in Qatar, Hargreaves called for those performances to be taken into account for the England national team: “For me, he’s in the starting eleven for the World Cup in Qatar.”
“If he keeps going like this he will be in the starting eleven in Qatar, especially after these performances,” agreed pundit Joleon Lescott.
“But he’s not worried about England, he’s just worried about Dortmund and winning games right now,” he attested to the young Englishman having the right mindset for success.