Brahim Diaz explains why he copied Jude Bellingham technique in Real Madrid's 2-0 LaLiga win over Granada

Jude Bellingham congratulates Brahim Diaz after his goal for Real Madrid against Granada in December 2023.
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Real Madrid attacker Brahim Diaz copied a Jude Bellingham technique in Real Madrid's LaLiga game at home to Granada on Saturday – and the former Manchester City man scored Los Blancos' first goal in a 2-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Brahim, who spent the last three seasons on loan at AC Milan, was mostly used as a substitute in the first few weeks of the season.

However, he has been given more playing time recently by coach Carlo Ancelotti due to a series of injuries in midfield and attack.

Against Granada, he was used behind forwards Joselu and Rodrygo as Bellingham started in a deeper role.

And after 26 minutes, the 24-year-old ran onto an exquisite defence-splitting pass by Toni Kroos to fire Real Madrid into the lead.

Brahim's goal set Los Blancos on their way to victory, which was confirmed by a Rodrygo strike 12 minutes into the second half.

After his goal, Brahim celebrated with Bellingham, with the two having built up a good relationship – partly due to the fact that the former Manchester City player speaks good English.

Diaz played Saturday's game with ripped socks, copying a technique adopted by Bellingham which supposedly relieves pressure on the calf muscles.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, he said: "My calves had gone up in the last few matches and I didn't know why. Bellingham runs for 90 minutes and he's fine, so I said 'I have to do something'. So I cut them because of him."

And jokingly, he added: "Let's hope they don't blow up again now that I go up the stairs!"

More Jude Bellingham stories

Jude Bellingham ahead of Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo? A former team-mate of the Real Madrid legends has explained how the England midfielder has the edge on the Frenchman and the Portuguese.

Meanwhile, it has been claimed that Bellingham rejected Manchester United because the Red Devils were unable to guarantee him first-team football at Old Trafford.

And following his heroics in El Clasico for Real Madrid recently, the England midfielder has been compared to Los Blancos legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

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