The Brazilian mastermind got in a dig at Real Madrid’s rivals after a dramatic win over Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Marcelo insisted Real Madrid were never going to lose like fierce rivals Barcelona after the Champions League titleholders dramatically survived Juventus. The Galacticos kept their quest for a European hattrick alive with a 4-3 aggregate victory over Juve in the quarter-finals, despite Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to the Italian champions. If you would like to bet on Real Madrid’s upcoming matches, make sure to check out this site.
Zinedine Zidane’s men were poised for the semi-finals following last week’s 3-0 win in Turin, only for Juve to perform a remarkable comeback in the return leg as they levelled the tie thanks to Mario Mandzukic’s double and Keylor Navas’s unlucky reaction.
But Real managed to deny the rallying visitors after Lucas Vazquez was fouled by Medhi Benatia, when Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to convert the penalty to a goal. Marcelo – the captain in the absence of suspended Sergio Ramos couldn’t help himself from having a shot at Barca, who surrendered a 4-1 first-leg advantage in a stunning 3-0 collapse against Roma on Tuesday.
“We should face and we did everything possible to go through. What happened to Barcelona wasn’t going to happen to us because we’re Real Madrid.”
Juventus’s legendary goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon angrily protested the decision before he was sent off for the first time of his career in the Champions League.
When asked about the penalty, Marcelo said: “The penalty was very clear.”
Real Madrid played the second game of the pre-season at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Marcelo evaluated the match against Manchester City: “We had a good first half, until their opening goal. Then we tired a bit and they were better physically, but it’s to be expected because it’s only our second pre-season game. We now have to rest and turn our attentions to the next game”.
“The result is not what we wanted, but it’s not very important either. We did a good job and did what the coach asked of us. These games give people the chance to come and watch us, and for us they’re just like another training session”.
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“We’re preparing ourselves for what lies ahead. We all want to win this game”.
“There’s no such thing as a friendly, we always want to win. We’ll now rest up as we turn our attentions to this game”.
“Wherever you go in the world, you’ll always find Real Madrid fans and there were loads of them here today”.
Theo Hernandez is keen to learn from “role model” Marcelo after moving from Atletico Madrid to La Liga rivals Real Madrid.
The 19-year-old signed a six-year contract to make the switch across the Spanish capital for a reported fee of €24million ahead of the new season, leaving his brother Lucas behind at Atleti.
Hernandez said the chance to learn from Brazilian Marcelo was among the reasons behind his decision to make the move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
“He’s the best wing-back in the world and what I’m going to do is work hard, follow his lead and try to get some minutes,” Hernandez said at his unveiling on Monday.
“All of the players will act as role models because they’ve all got the experience. What I’m going to do is follow [Marcelo’s] lead and try to improve day by day alongside him. He’s my role model as I look to become the best wing-back in the world in the future.”
Madrid president Florentino Perez appeared to aim fire at rivals Barcelona as he spoke in front of the media, highlighting that his club had beaten a host of top teams to get Hernandez’s signature.
“You wanted to come here and defend this badge despite other big European clubs wanting to sign you,” Perez told Hernandez at his unveiling. “Your commitment and conviction is something that won’t be forgotten by everyone at Real Madrid.
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.”
“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.