The performance of Marcelo against Sevilla left a lot to be desired, but the Brazilian does give more than he takes.
It’s clear that a player like the left-back of Madrid gives a lot in attack but, for the same reason, it means he suffers in defensive aspects.
MARCA wanted to value Marcelo‘s offensive and defensive contributions and to do this, the last 100 matches played have been reviewed; from the Champions League final in 2016 until the match of the past Wednesday in the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
A hundred matches in which Marcelo gives the reason for his coaches, first Zidane and now Lopetegui, to keep him in situ.
In particular, 49 positive actions that have been counted in favour of Madrid, in plays that have meant goals.
Compare that to 36 negative actions, plays that have generated many goals against Real.
The report covers all competitions (league, cup, Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup) and shows that Marcelo‘s offensive contribution exceeds, quantitatively and qualitatively, his errors in defense.
Actions in favour of Madrid include goals directly scored by Marcelo, to assists for goals, penalties or direct participation in a play that ended in a goal.
On the other hand, the actions that amount to defensive losses include bad control, losing the ball and defeat in individual duels that ended up penalizing Real.
Second captain of the squad, Marcelo is one of the reference points in the team.
He’s the player who often makes the difference, and, therefore, he’s the defender most wanted by the rival coaches.