Leeds United’s Giuseppe Bellusci: Former Catania teammate Francesco Lodi better than me at free kicks

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Leeds United star Giuseppe Bellusci is modest about his stunning strike against Bournemouth in the Championship on Tuesday.

Leeds United continued to pick up points under caretaker-manager Neil Redfearn on Tuesday, and one of the stars of the show against Bournemouth was Giuseppe Bellusci.

The Italian centre-back scored a sensational goal at the Goldsands Stadium to help the West Yorkshire club to a 3-1 victory in the Championship.

The 25-year-old’s free kick from 30 yards on 82 minutes left opposition goalkeeper Lee Camp with no chance of making a save whatsoever.

Bellusci has been earning praise for his stunning strike, which will go down as one of the goals of the season. However, the ex-Ascoli star is modest about it and instead praises his former Catania teammate Francesco Lodi (now on loan at Parma) for his set-piece skills.

‘I scored on my first attempt, one shot and goal’, Bellusci told GianlucaDiMarzio.com. ‘I’ll have to try this more often. During the practices, I often try the free kicks, I always enjoyed taking them, but I would have never been able to do it in Catania, since there was a specialist like Lodi there’.

‘No, we have a different style: he’s far more precise and he’s is able to shoot also from close range’, he said when asked if he learned from Lodi. ‘I need more meters.’

Bellusci seems proud to have scored for Leeds, yet remains humble about his free-kick abilities – simply praiseworthy.

Despite his obvious humility, Bellusci insists that he will take free kicks when he gets the chance for Leeds.

‘I’ll have to repeat myself, even if they don’t whistle many free kicks here’, said the defender. ‘I think I’ll continue to take them, we’ll see what will happen’.

Perhaps the Elland Road faithful will get to watch another Bellusci belter against Huddersfield Town in the Championship on Saturday.

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