What has happened to the real Marcelo?

05 Jan 2019

It has not been Marcelo‘s season so far and though we are yet to reach the halfway point of the campaign, the Brazilian has not been his usual self and still appears to need time to find his stride this term.

Injuries have played their part and prevented him from featuring in six LaLiga games, two Champions League matches and two in the Copa del Rey, limiting him to just 16 games so far.

It’s clear that his offensive nature has caused opposing teams to focus on his side of Madrid‘s defense as a vulnerability and Los Blancos are suffering more and more on his side.

The last demonstration of that came against Villarreal, when he looked completely uncomfortable in his defensive responsibilities.

Even before then, though, Marcelo was proving problematic to the team.

In the first big game of the season, he made an error that contributed to the European Super Cup loss to Atletico Madrid, with Diego Costa scoring as a result of a misjudgement on his part.

Not long after, he slipped up against Girona, piling more pressure on Julen Lopetegui and the coach replaced him with Raphael Varane after an hour.

After that change, the full-back said he was surprised to be withdrawn, which took his problems on the pitch into the dressing room; his teammates failed to recognize it as a statement against Lopetegui.

He did not know what to do at San Mames and looked utterly exposed throughout, while he delivered his worst performance of the season at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Another disaster followed at Eibar, where Madrid fell to a humiliating defeat.

Having shown his ability as one of the world’s best full-backs in the past, Marcelo is showing this season that his best days may be behind him and Madrid might need to find a replacement.

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