Geferson: “Marcelo is a great full-back”

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The 21-year-old Brazilian newcomer stated that he is very happy for being selected to the Brazilian national team, and mentioned a thing about Marcelo.

Geferson’s selection was a huge surprise for everyone, but he’s confident about his future performances for the Brazilian national team.

“I was prepared, we have to be prepared for anything to happen. My family have always given me great support, which is a great help. It’s a unique opportunity, and I know I have to learn as much as I can from those around me, who are already well renowned players. I have to gain experience with them.”

“When I arrived at Internacional as I always watched [former Brazil international] Kleber play. I think he was great full-back. So is Marcelo. They are my two idols.”

“We’re going to give our best to beat Valencia”

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“I felt very happy when I took to the pitch after being injured at the Bernabéu, there was a little film running in my mind and I felt very excited.”

Real Madrid is going to play against Valencia tonight, at 21:30 on Mestalla. You can predict the result of this match on sports betting sites. In the first leg, Madrid won the bats with 2-0 at Santiago Bernabeu, in which Marcelo made a return, after his injury.

“Our opponent is strong and playing there is difficult, but we are confident because we are playing well. We always go all out to progress in every competition we play in.”
“We feel confident because we are playing well and hopefully we will progress. We will do everything we can to progress. We know that if we make any mistakes we could be out of the competition, so it is far more exciting” – said Marcelo for Bwin.

Marcelo has worked very hard to come back, as quickly as possible, to help out his team in the upcoming matches. Will Marcelo get a chance to play again against Valencia? That’s the question nobody can answer except Jose Mourinho.

In the first leg, Marcelo started the match, but was substituted for Fabio Coentrao at the start of the second half. He will probably get a chance in this game in the second half of the match, but noone can guarantee that.

“I’m the best left back in the world!”

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The Brazilian shows that it’s important to have faith in his abilities, as he continues to recover from a nasty injury he got on Real Madrid’s training session.

24-year-old Marcelo said that he’s probably the best left back in the world, and we can all confirm that very easy. If you’re into soccer betting, you can bet on Real Madrid‘s next match.

“I think I am the best left-back in the world because I have to believe in myself, I have to think about myself and continue growing (as a football player). I felt my foot buckle, my legs were shaking but I did not think the injury was that bad.”

On the question who is his idol:

“Roberto Carlos is my idol, everybody knows that. Even today, when I talk to him I get nervous. He was always the best.” – said Marcelo for Globoesporte.

Our sources are telling us that Marcelo should probably be back in January. That means he should be ready for big matches, in Champions league as well as for La Liga and Copa del Rey.

Real Madrid will face Manchester United in the 1/8 finals of CL. If they manage to beat Celta de Vigo in the Copa del Rey 1/8 finals at home, they will face FC Barcelona three times in a row besides matches agains’t Man UTD because of the La Liga. What is the most interesting is that the schedule will be like this – Barcelona, Man Utd, Barcelona, Man Utd, Barcelona.

Marcelo will for sure be needed in those matches, and will be important player for Jose Mourinho’s team.

“Real Madrid had an amazing season!”

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Brazil international feels that Real Madrid C.F. had an extraordinary 2011-12 campaign, and had nothing but praise for top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo

Marcelo has voiced his opinion that the 2011-12 season was an extraordinary one for Real Madrid after they won the La Liga title and broke a number of records.

The Spanish giants not only beat arch-rivals Barcelona to the domestic title, but also set a new record for the number of goals scored, and achieved a points total that no other team had previously managed.

“We had an historic and extraordinary season because, besides winning the title, we also broke many records, such as those in points, victories and goals,” Marcelo was quoted as saying by topmercato.com.

“The entire team made such progress that playing with them was like paradise for a player. Our confidence was so high that we knew it would be hard for others to stop us if we did our best.”

The left-back then went on to praise team-mate and Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo for his sublime performances last term.

“Ronaldo is a machine. He had a fabulous season. It’s amazing to score so many goals,” he continued. “I think he’s had the best stats of his career.

“He is a great team-mate and an exemplary professional. He trains extra and works hard.”

The attacker netted twice on Sunday to help Portugal to a 2-1 win over Netherlands at Euro 2012, securing a ticket for the quarter-finals in the process.

Goal against Athletic Bilbao

Jose Mourinho’s men were not at their most convincing, but did enough to collect the points through goals from Marcelo, Callejon, and a Ronaldo double from the spot.

Real Madrid came from behind to record a 4-1 victory over 10-man Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, and restore their five-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Fernando Llorente had given the visitors an early lead, but Marcelo restored parity with a fine goal, and two penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo plus a further strike from Jose Callejon added gloss to the scoreline.

With Barca collecting a confident 4-1 victory at Malaga earlier on Sunday, Madrid were searching for the win to regain the advantage on their rivals. Jose Mourinho made a number of changes to the side that lost in the Copa del Rey Clasico on Wednesday; Esteban Granero was handed a rare start, while Raphael Varane was given the nod in central defence due to the absence of Pepe.

The Basque visitors had, however, been in excellent form of late, and set about taking the game to the home side from the off. Indeed, it was no surprise when they took an early lead courtesy of Llorente.

A sweeping move saw Ander Herrera feed Javi Martinez, who had burst from his post in central defence to support the attack. His sublime cross from the right was met crisply on the volley by Llorente, leaving Iker Casillas with absolutely no chance.

The Bernabeu audience was not impressed, but Madrid continued to look subdued. Iker Muniain found space on the edge of the area, and his low effort could only be parried by Casillas into the path of Oscar De Marcos, but the wide player scuffed his close-range effort wide of the target.

Madrid then briefly came to life, long enough to level the scorelines. A neat set of exchanges between Marcelo and Ronaldo led to the Brazilian bursting into the area, and when faced with Gorka Iraizoz, he composed himself suitably to curl into the net from 12 yards.

But the inevitable comeback from the hosts failed to transpire in the first half, and Athletic should have gone in ahead at the break. Llorente, who had finished so confidently earlier, this time skewed his shot wide of goal when one on one with Casillas.

However, normal service was resumed just 25 seconds into the second period. A lovely dummy from Kaka allowed Ronaldo to return the ball to the Brazilian, and Ander Iturraspe was caught wrong side. He dragged Kaka to the ground, and Ronaldo lashed the resulting penalty into the top corner in emphatic fashion.

Athletic’s first half display was rendered irrelevant when Madrid sewed up the points on 66 minutes. Mesut Ozil burst through on goal, only to have his legs swept from under him by De Marcos. The referee gave the Athletic man his marching orders, and Ronaldo once again finished with aplomb from the spot to make the score 3-1.

Mourinho’s side were far from at their best for long spells of the match, but now with a man advantage and having beaten Bilbao 5-1 in their last two clashes at the Bernabeu, they set about attempting to record a similar scoreline.

Gonzalo Higuain replaced Karim Benzema, and immediately smashed a volley that Iraizoz did brilliantly to parry to safety. Then he found space on the left and drillled in a low shot that cannoned back off the post.

But the honour of the fourth goal would fall to substitute Callejon. A slide-rule through pass from Higuain sent the former Espanyol forward through, and he slipped his shot across Iraizoz and into the far corner.

There was to be no more scoring, and Madrid move five clear at the top of the table, while Bilbao’s bid for Champions League football next season has taken a dent.