Most members of the Real Madrid squad have jetted off around the world with their national teams, but Marcelo is staying at Valdebebas this week after being given a rare international break off.
As such, Julen Lopetegui has designed a plan to help get Marcelo back to his best over the next couple of weeks.
His start to the 2018/19 season hasn’t been the best.
The Brazilian committed a couple of rare and costly errors in the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid, before being substituted against Girona when Portuwas deemed to be causing too much damage on his flank, a substitution which he said he was surprised about.
Given that Marcelo was at the World Cup, where he suffered an injury, he hasn’t had a normal pre-season and still isn’t quite as fit as his club teammates.
Despite all of this, Lopetegui has defended the 30-year-old in public.
“I was pleased with the fantastic week of training he had after that substitution,” the coach told Onda Cero radio on Monday.
Now there will be two further weeks of hard graft on the training ground, as Lopetegui tries to get Marcelo in peak condition for the trip to take on Athletic Club in Bilbao on September 15.