Jude Bellingham struggled to hide his frustration after Manchester City came from behind to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in a Champions League thriller in Group G. The England international, who is virtually certain to make Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad for Qatar 2022, once again showcased exactly why he is so highly rated as he stunned the Etihad to put the Bundesliga side in front in the second half.
Yet in typical City fashion, Pep Guardiola’s Premier League-winning side did not lie down as they battled back to earn all three points in dogged fashion.
First John Stones flashed home with a thunderbolt before Erling Haaland acrobatically converted at the back post following a pinpoint, outside-of-the-foot pass from Joao Cancelo.
Haaland and Bellingham were close pals during their time together at Signal Iduna Park before the Norwegian sealed a £64million switch to the Premier League in May.
The duo embraced at the full-time whistle after a rollercoaster encounter and Bellingham seemingly struggled to keep his emotions in check after Dortmund threw away the game…
“F*** sake man,” Bellingham was overheard saying to Haaland post-game, as the pair reflected on a whirlwind spectacle.
Bellingham is now England’s top-goalscoring teenager in the Champions League as he continues to show maturity beyond his years in the Dortmund engine room.
He was incensed with the way his side collapsed in the final 15 minutes at the Etihad, as he relayed to BT Sport’s Des Kelly in his post-match interview.
The 19-year-old said: “It’s one of those games where you can get on the ball but you know you’re going to have to spend the majority of the game trying to defend.
“We were brilliant for 75 minutes and that’s enough time for a team like City to put you away.
“That’s what great teams can do for you, you don’t give them a sniff and then they punish you.”
Bellingham was also complimentary towards Haaland, who endured a quiet game until he popped up at the back host to finish excellently…
He added: “That shows his quality that he’s not always in the game but give him half a sniff and he’ll score a goal.”
Speaking ahead of the match, Rio Ferdinand claimed Bellingham has already outgrown his current side as Liverpool and Manchester United plot a 2023 summer transfer for the all-action midfielder.
“He will probably be sitting there at the moment thinking, without being too arrogant, ‘I have probably outgrown Borussia Dortmund already’,” former Manchester United and England centre-back said during BT Sport’s coverage of the match.
“With all due respect, he will think, ‘I could be a year behind when I should have left’. I think he has got that self-belief to take him to those [bigger] heights.”