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Jude Bellingham has welcomed Real Madrid’s desire to clinch the Champions League final place
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Jude Bellingham has welcomed Real Madrid’s desire to clinch the Champions League final place

Jude Bellingham praised Real Madrid’s ‘never-say-die’ attitude and insisted he felt no nerves after a dream night in which they produced a trademark late show to beat Bayern Munich and reach another Champions League final.

It could have been a different story at the Santiago Bernabeu, where Madrid’s 13-month unbeaten home record was in serious jeopardy after Alphonso Davies fired the visitors ahead in the 68th minute.

Carlo Ancelotti remained calm, as did his team with substitute Joselu, who leveled two minutes from time before the same man sent home in the first minute of stoppage time for a dramatic 2-1 victory.

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Jude Bellingham takes on former club Borussia Dortmund in the Wembley final (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Bayern were left fuming deep into stoppage time when Matthijs de Ligt’s effort was ruled out for offside after the whistle blew before the ball ended up in the net, but the carnival atmosphere in Madrid was already in full swing and they will now be aiming for a 15th European Cup title that comes with it, while the LaLiga crown was achieved a few days ago.

“There were many times this season where it felt like we were dead and buried. It doesn’t matter who scores the goal, because there is always someone who makes it happen. That ‘never say die’ mentality,” Bellingham told TNT Sports.

‘Joselu, I don’t think he’ll sleep much tonight! Tomorrow he will be useless in training. But no, honestly he deserves it all. He has been a great member of the team all season and this is his night.

“They are incredible (the fans). They are by far the best in the world.

“When we come here, there is a reason why we turn over so many games or why, when we are behind in certain legs, we always manage to come back in the second leg. It’s because of this lot. They give you an energy that you can’t get from anywhere else.

“You come here and that’s all they talk about. They talk about how you had the 14th, but how they want the 15th. The boys said it was the same when we won the 10th, all they asked for was the 11th, but that’s why I love being here because you can never settle.

Bellingham produced a display of action for Madrid, beating compatriot Harry Kane on Wednesday evening.

It means a reunion with former club Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley on June 1.

Asked if he felt any nerves as the seconds ticked away with Madrid behind him, Bellingham insisted: “Not really. I would love to say yes, but in the dressing room I looked around and I thought I couldn’t be in a better position with better people.

“Where else would I rather be? I was seven in Birmingham and dreamed of nights like this. To come here and want to be somewhere else makes no sense to me. Yes, I’m so happy to be here and be part of this evening.

“At Wembley, against Dortmund, it is a strange one. I can not believe it. I’m so looking forward to it, the atmosphere, the game itself. A Champions League final, man.”

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti could toast another special Champions League night for the club after his decision to bring in Joselu paid off.

“It happened again here. It is very useful at the Bernabeu with our supporters that we can do something that is unexpected,” Ancelotti reflected.

“Joselu did a fantastic job. He is a fantastic striker and we could use more width to cross and we did that very well. At the end of the match we had a lot of energy.

“Incredible (mentality) and I am very grateful to the players because they work very hard and build a fantastic atmosphere. They are very humble, very generous and I think this is the best team I have ever had in my career.”