Toni Kroos has shared valuable advice with Jude Bellingham in preparation for the highly-anticipated El Clasico encounter scheduled for Saturday, October 28.
The first instalment of the 2023-2024 El Clasico will unfold at Barcelona’s temporary home grounds, the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, as the perennial rivals, Barcelona and Real Madrid, brace for another intense showdown.
Bellingham holds a conversation with Toni Kroos during Real Madrid’s Champions League game against Napoli. Photo by Bagu Blanco / Pressinphoto / Icon Sport Source: Getty Images
Although the Blaugrana remain undefeated, their current placement in third position with one point behind Real Madrid, who currently holds 25 points after 10 La Liga matches, highlights the intense competition between the two powerhouses.
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Madrid’s early-season success can be largely attributed to the impactful debut of summer signing Jude Bellingham, whose remarkable contribution of 11 goals and three assists in 12 games across various competitions, as reported by Transfermarkt, has significantly bolstered the team’s performance.
Bellingham’s accolades, including a prestigious La Liga Player of the Month award within the first three months of the season, underscore his pivotal role within the squad.
Toni Kroos, the seasoned midfielder, emphasizes the significance of the Englishman embracing the moment, suggesting that the young talent’s composure and performance could serve as a determining factor in securing a triumph for Los Blancos in the upcoming El Clasico clash.
“My advice to Jude Bellingham for the Clasico is to enjoy it,” the 33-year-old said as cited by Madrid Universal.”
“If he is able to enjoy it, he will also play well, and it would be a good time to win his first Clasico. This would help us all.”
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Why Madrid fans are confident ahead of El Clasico
Sports Brief also reported that Real Madrid supporters hold high hopes for a triumphant outcome in the upcoming clash against arch-rivals Barcelona.
Their optimism is reinforced by the designation of Jesus Gil Manzano as the referee for the highly anticipated match on Saturday, further instilling a sense of assurance within the Madrid faithful.
During past encounters overseen by Manzano, the White Angels secured victories on both occasions, claiming a 3-1 win over Barca during the 2014/15 season and extending their record of triumphs with a 2-1 victory during the 2020-2021 season.