Why Jude Bellingham was angry with Marc Cucurella as Dortmund star seen shoving Chelsea defender


Jude Bellingham got into a confrontation with Marc Cucurella at full-time in Chelsea's clash with Borussia Dortmund. The Blues progressed into the Champions League quarter-finals thanks to a first-half strike from Raheem Sterling and a controversial penalty by Kai Havertz.

In the dying embers of the blockbuster tie at Stamford Bridge, Graham Potter's side looked to run down the clock and protect their lead. The west Londoners showcased an exhibition of dark arts; taking the ball to the corner flag; winning throw-ins; taking short corners.

The German giants quickly grew frustrated with Chelsea and the red mist descended - a change to the yellow fog which filled the ground in the first-half . A number of skirmishes broke out and, in one instance, Bellingham was at the heart of the action.

Late into the second-half, Cucurella, Ben Chilwell and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were embroiled in a tussle with Bellingham, Emre Can and Marius Wolf. At one stage, Can was pictured pushing Cucurella and Chilwell was seen pushing Bellingham. Then, after the full-time whistle, the two sides headed towards the tunnel. The 19-year-old ran over to Cucurella and pushed the left-back.

After shoving the Spaniard, Bellingham walked away before trying to revisit the altercation. Enzo Fernandez and Kalidou Koulibaly consoled the England international, standing between him and Cucurella. The pair then appeared to have exchanged a few words. A few minutes later, Bellingham was then seen throwing his water bottle on the pitch before pushing a TV camera away.

A video of the midfielder losing his temper quickly went viral on social media, with large sections of the Chelsea fanbase revelling at Bellingham's outburst. Speaking to BT Sport later that evening, the highly-rated youngster revealed why he might have been so angry.

In the second-half, the referee and the Video Assistant Referee team ruled that Dortmund encroached on the penalty box at Havertz's first attempt from 12-yards. The Chelsea star was granted the opportunity to retake his spot-kick and scored, doubling the Blues' lead.

"From where I was it was really close," Bellingham said. "I’m not really sure what more he [Marius Wolf] can do with the hands too but - oh, let’s have a look. "I mean yeah, it’s a yard or two away, I’m not so sure. I don’t want to get in trouble, I’ve paid enough to them lot so that in itself was disappointing and the fact they’ve had a retake is a joke.

"I think for every penalty, especially for one with such a slow run-up, there’s going to be people encroaching into the box by a yard or so but that’s the game I suppose, he’s made a decision and we’ll have to live with it."

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