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Marcelo has fallen ‘out of Grace’

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He will have to bring out his best version if he does not want to be overtaken.

In the last few weeks there have been reports of Marcelo putting his all into getting back into the starting line-up at Real Madrid.

NoRM‘s known Newspaper reveals the main strategy of his plan to return in style.

Marcelo has been working hard to get back to into the team after the Christmas break. He has reportedly been doing extra work for weeks.

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Alfonso Madrid, his new personal trainer, is getting him in shape and Sport Media known to NoRM has revealed the keys to his plan.

It is based on two pillars: food and extra work. The Brazilian is taking great care with his meals so as not to overweight himself and to be quick on the pitch.

This is partly why he has been seen to be a bit more toned in some of his social network publications.

He is also giving a lot of importance to his physique, aware that his main competitor for the leading role under Zidane’s guidelines is Mendy, seven years younger.

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And, for the moment, that is what is happening. Marcelo has not been on the pitch as a starter since 28 November, just one month ago, in the La Liga match that Madrid lost to Alavés.

Otherwise, he is currently without minutes both in the domestic championship and in the Champions League.

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Marcelo to face Mancity

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Following a week of holiday time, Real Madrid returned to training at Valdebebas on Tuesday ahead of their upcoming Champions League clash with Manchester City.

While Mariano Diaz was missing after testing positive for COVID-19, there weren’t any other absences.

Marcelo, who had been injured just before the end of the league campaign, was back with the group and trained as normal.

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Marcelo to miss out the remaining of the Season


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Marcelo to miss out the remaining of the Season

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Real Madrid defender Marcelo will likely be sidelined for the rest of their Liga title run-in after sustaining a thigh injury.

A statement from Real on Friday confirmed the injury to the Brazilian without stating when he would return although Spanish newspaper Marca said he would be out of action for three weeks.

Marcelo, 32, will miss Real’s final four Liga matches – against Alaves on Friday plus Granada, Villarreal and Leganes – but should return in time for their Champions League last-16 second leg at Manchester City on August 7, added the report.

Real, targeting their first Spanish league title since 2017, are one point clear of second-placed Barcelona and can increase their lead to four with a home win over struggling Alaves.

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Marcelo explains why black life matters


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Marcelo explains why black life matters

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After scoring Real Madrid’s third goal in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Eibar, Marcelo went down on one knee and raised his fist in support of the BLM campaign.

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Marcelo has urged others to use their platforms to instigate change after showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement with his goal celebration against Eibar this weekend. After scoring the team’s third goal in Madrid’s 3-1 win on Sunday, left-back Marcelo dropped to his knee and raised his right fist. The idea of taking a knee was adopted by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 when the NFL player protested racial injustice and police brutality in the United States.

Kneeling has been prevalent at the protests that have followed the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last month. Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin players all took a knee prior to their Bundesliga fixture earlier this month, a week after Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram knelt following his goal against Union Berlin.

LaLiga returned for the first time since the coronavirus-enforced break last week and, while revealing his happiness at being back playing, Marcelo also used lyrics from 2Pac’s song ‘Changes’ when addressing his celebration.

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“Happy to be back with Real Madrid!” Marcelo wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of him kneeling.

“Happy to have scored a goal!

“But even happier to see all the CHANGES in the world! Now it’s time. We must use the power we have and start making real CHANGES.”

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Marcelo then quoted 2Pac: “We can never go nowhere unless we share with each other. We gotta start makin’ changes.

“Learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers. And that’s how it’s supposed to be…

“I’d love to go back to when we played as kids but things change, and that’s the way it is…”

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Marcelo Sets To Face Five New Challenges As He Turns 32 at Madrid


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Marcelo Sets To Face Five New Challenges As He Turns 32 at Madrid

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Marcelo has already established himself as one of the most successful players in Real Madrid’s history and the Brazilian left-back is celebrating his 32nd birthday this Tuesday.

Marcelo has won numerous trophies and has broken several records at Los Blancos, but there are still a few challenges to overcome in a rather complicated period for him at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Here, we look at the five challenges he is facing.

To compete with Mendy for a starter spot

Ferland Mendy’s emergence has prompted Zinedine Zidane to drop an injury-prone Marcelo to the bench this season.

The Brazilian will try to win back his spot in the starting line-up.

Although there are rumours concerning his possible departure this summer, he insists that he wants to remain at the club.

To become the foreigner with the most appearances

Roberto Carlos has featured in more games than any other foreign Real Madrid player with 527.

Marcelo has registered 505 matches so far, closely followed by Karim Benzema with 501.

Another campaign at Los Blancos will be enough to help Marcelo break his compatriot’s record.

To regain his influence on the pitch

Marcelo’s figures have dropped dramatically in the last couple of years.

This season he has played 19 games and has scored just one goal, while last season he netted three in 34 matches.

Meanwhile, in 2017/18, he managed five goals in 44 encounters and one year before he played 47 times and scored three goals.

His 13 and 11 assists from the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons respectively have dropped to last year’s six and to the five of the ongoing campaign.

To beat Gento’s titles record

Paco Gento tops the list of the Real Madrid players with the most titles at the club with 23 trophies.

He is followed by Sergio Ramos, Manolo Sanchis and Marcelo, who have won 21 titles each.

Should he manage to lift another three trophies, Marcelo will write his name with golden letters in the history of Los Blancos.

To get back in the Brazil squad

Marcelo didn’t participate in the 2019 Copa America, one which Brazil won on home soil.

The 32-year-old left-back, who has won a Confederations Cup with the Selecao, is eager to challenge for a spot in Tite’s squad for the next Copa America.

Marcelo might have limited time left to convince Madrid he deserves to stay


Football’s suspension might just have come to Marcelo’s rescue.

The Brazilian has struggled for form over the past two seasons and has been enduring fitness problems in recent months.


Not even the return of Zinedine Zidane to the Real Madrid dugout has been able to revive the left-back’s career at the club.

The enforced break on the season allows Marcelo not to fall even further behind Ferland Mendy in the pecking order while he’s recovering from a muscle injury.


Another issue on the table is that of his contract, which runs until June 2022.

Zidane wants to keep the 31-year-old, but offers to take him away in the upcoming transfer windows won’t be low in numbers.


Juventus are among a number of clubs showing interest in signing the defender.

Mendy isn’t Marcelo’s only problem at Real Madrid, with Sergio Reguilon set to return to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu from his loan at Sevilla in the summer.


Add another left-back to the squad and the versatile Achraf Hakimi, who is returning from his loan at Borussia Dortmund, and Marcelo’s 19 appearances this season are more likely to decrease than increase for the next campaign.

The Brazilian has, however, staved off competition in his position before, with Theo Hernandez and Reguilon pursuing moves away in recent years.


There’s no doubting Marcelo’s value to Real Madrid having helped them win four Champions League titles and other silverware.

However, despite all this pedigree, the left-back might have limited time left to convince the club that he deserves to stay past the end of his current deal.

Once the football season resumes, he’ll have to be at his best if he wants to stick around at Los Blancos.


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Real madrid unsure if Hazard need surgery


Real Madrid are meeting with numerous medical professionals for advice on how to proceed with winger Eden Hazard’s latest injury,

The Belgian missed 83 days of action after fracturing his right fibula, but he managed just two games before aggravating the injury, and it has now been suggested that his season could be over after suffering the same issue again.

As noted by Marca, Real are eager to ensure that Hazard does not suffer another relapse when he eventually returns, so they are regularly speaking with doctors to determine whether or not to operate on the winger.

One of those who will be asked for advice is Dr James Calder, who operated on Hazard when he suffered a similar injury during his time with Chelsea back in 2017.

At the moment, it is believed that the option to send Hazard for surgery is winning. Specialists have suggested that Hazard’s fibula needs to be examined directly to determine whether there is something wrong with it, given this is his third injury in three years.

Several meetings will be held this week, with Hazard invited to attend and give his opinion, and Real are eager to make a decision which will benefit everyone in the long run.


Understandably, Hazard wants to be fit in time to feature at Euro 2020 with Belgium, and club officials are bearing that in mind. Fortunately, it is thought that he will be ready for this summer regardless of which route his recovery takes.

However, he will not be available for Real for several months, meaning his frustrating debut season in Madrid could have come to an abrupt end.

Hazard has managed just 15 appearances for Real this season, registering just one goal and five assists in all competitions, which is certainly not what Los Blancos expected when they parted with an initial €100m to sign him last summer.

In his place, Zinedine Zidane can still call upon the likes of Vinícius Júnior, Lucas Vázquez and Gareth Bale as they look to topple Barcelona and lift another La Liga title.


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Zinedine Zidane Defends Real Madrid Team Selection After Humbling Copa del Rey Exit


Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has defended his team selection following the club’s Copa del Rey quarter-final exit at the hands of Real Sociedad on Thursday night, insisting it was not the wrong line-up despite their 4-3 home defeat.

Zdiane had named a strong team with Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema all in from the start. Luka Modric also entered the fray at half-time in place of James Rodriguez when the visitors were leading only 1-0.


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Martin Odegaard, on loan from Madrid, came back to haunt his parent club, opening the scoring before young Swedish forward Alexander Isak scored twice to put La Real 3-0 up.

Marcelo pulled one back, but Mikel Merino made it 4-1, with the visitors managing to hold on to the lead, despite late goals from Rodrygo and Nacho.


Speaking after the game, via the club’s official website, Zidane said: “When I name a team, it’s one that’s capable of going out and doing well.

“It’s easy to offer opinions afterwards. I don’t think we got the team wrong, there’s another team involved and they did really well, they opened the scoring and we then struggled. We made mistakes that we don’t usually make, but that was nothing to do with the personnel.


“We’re all in this together, we win together and lose together.”

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Zidane explained that key midfielder Casemiro wasn’t fit, adding: “There were other players out there and we can’t be looking for excuses. We all know what great quality Casemiro has and what he brings to the team, but others played tonight.”


The Frenchman was also adamant that there will be no knee-jerk reaction to the defeat in terms of future team selections.

“Conceding four goals is a lot and it hurts, but that won’t alter anything in terms of my plans to rotate,” Zidane said. “I believe in this group and what we’ve now got to do is lift ourselves and continue to work really hard because this one game won’t change anything


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0-3: Madrid Trashed Getafe To Top Laliga


Real Madrid ended a run of three games without a win and returned to the top of La Liga, after an own goal, a Raphael Varane header and a late Luka Modric strike, proved enough to secure a 3-0 victory over city rivals Getafe on Saturday afternoon.

The game started with all the intensity you would expect from a Madrid derby with players from both sides involved in some crunching tackles early on. Getafe had the better of the opening exchanges and Thibaut Courtois was called into action in the 24th minute when Mauro Arambarri fired a powerful shot towards goal.

Despite this, it would be Real who would take the lead, with Raphael Varane’s brave aerial challenge forcing David Soria to punch Ferland Mendy’s searching ball into his own net just after the half hour mark. Getafe responded well to going behind and drew a number of saves out of Courtois before half time.

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The home side’s hopes were severely dented when Real doubled their lead seven minutes after the break. Varane rose highest to head home Toni Kroos’ free kick, which was beautifully delivered by the German international. VAR checked the goal for offside but eventually it was given – albeit by the tightest of margins.

After this lengthy delay the game never really sprung back into life, with Real keeping the ball well and looking dangerous on the counter. Luka Modric put the game beyond all doubt in injury time when some good work by Federico Valverde allowed the Croatian to bag an injury time strike.


Here’s 90min’s breakdown of this Madrid derby.

Getafe
Player Ratings

Starting XI: Soria (5); Suárez (6), Djené (6), Cabrera (6), Nyom (5); Fajr (6), Maksimovic (6), Arambarri (7), Cucurella (7); Ángel (6), Mata (6).

Substitutes: Molina (6), Ndiaye (6), Portillo (6).

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Key Talking Point

Los Blancos welcomed Gareth Bale, Isco and Varane back into the starting lineup this afternoon, but despite this injection of star power it was far from a vintage first half performance from Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Getafe dominated the opening exchanges, restricting Los Blancos to just three attempts on goal and forcing a string of fantastic saves out of the outstanding Courtois. Dani Carvajal and Mendy were pinned back in their own half, restricting the visitors from providing their forwards with any support.


Real Madrid were very fortunate to go into break 1-0 up, courtesy of a clumsy own goal form Soria. Luck continued to smile on Zidane’s side in the second half, with Varane’s header doubling Los Blancos’ lead in the 53rd minute.

After this, Real controlled the game well. They may not have created many more chances but they did not need to. Los Blancos took the sting out of the game expertly and hit Getafe on the break min in the dying seconds to add some gloss to the scoreline.


It was a gritty, determined victory that ended their recent downturn in form and saw them return to the top of the table.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Courtois (9*); Carvajal (6), Militao (7), Varane (8), Mendy (7); Modric (8), Casemiro (7), Kroos (7); Bale (6), Benzema (6), Isco (6).

Substitutes: Valverde (7), Vinicius (6), Jovic (N/A).

Star Man
Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois has endured his fair share of criticism over the past few seasons but today he was faultless and absolutely pivotal in his side securing a much-needed win.


In the first half Getafe peppered the Belgian’s goal with a flurry of good attempts and Courtois was equal to each and every one of them.

His standout moment of the match came in the 24th minute when he amazingly kept out a thunderbolt from Arambarri to keep the scores level. Minutes later, Real would take the lead, illustrating what an important moment this was in the game.


Courtois is back baby!

Looking Ahead
Next up, Getafe have the daunting task of travelling to the Camp Nou to take on Barcelona in the Copa del Rey.

Los Blancos on the other hand have the exciting prospect of a Supercopa de España semi final tie against Valencia to contend with on Wednesday evening.


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0-0: Real Madrid still 2nd position after stunning draw with Athletic bilbao

Real Madrid finished off 2019 with a second successive 0-0 draw and gave Barcelona an inch in the La Liga title race, as they laboured to a goalless home point against Athletic Club on Sunday evening.

Zinedine Zidane opted to freshen things up from that stalemate during the week. Eder Militao, Luka Modric, Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior were all reintroduced, hoping to do their bit to keep the pressure on their title rivals.

Barcelona had responded to that midweek draw with a rampant 4-1 victory over Deportivo Alaves 24 hours earlier, moving themselves three points clear at the top, so a win against an Athletic side that had conceded just 12 goals in their opening 17 league matches was a must for Real – but that was never going to be easy.

And so it proved. The home side dominated the territory in the early proceedings, but an effort cleared off the line by Unai Nunez after Karim Benzema had neatly rounded Unai Simon was as close as they came in the first half.

Kenan Kodro had a goal ruled out for offside in one of the visitors’ few threatening ventures forward, but they were largely content to sit in and frustrate their more esteemed hosts, and with the clock ticking down, Gareth Bale and and Luka Jovic were thrown on in an increasingly cagey second 45 to try and make something happen.

Toni Kroos stung the crossbar and Jovic later clipped the post with a deft header, but Gaizka Garitano’s men stood strong in the face of pressure.

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Real had as many as 20 efforts at goal, but the eight that hit Simon’s target were dealt with well, and it finished with a point that will frustrate Zidane’s men ahead of their brief winter break that comes to an end with a trip to Getafe on January 4.

For now, it’s advantage Barcelona in the title race.

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How Lenglet defend varane’s challenge during El Clásico clash.

…penalty might have changed that

Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet has defended himself following his challenge on Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane during Wednesday’s Clásico at Camp Nou.

Though it was a high challenge inside his own penalty area, it didn’t result in a penalty being given even after a VAR check, and Lenglet insists the decision must be respected.

The game ultimately finished 0-0 in what was an incredibly dull contest between two of the most famous clubs in world football. A penalty might have changed that, but Lenglet wasn’t penalised after his studs made contact with Varane’s thigh in an effort to win a header.

Both Real coach Zinedine Zidane and captain Sergio Ramos were unhappy, with the latter in particular describing that and a separate shirt pull on Varane as ‘pretty clear’ penalties, but Lenglet stood his ground when quizzed after the game.

“For me, it’s not a penalty,” he is quoted as saying by AS when asked about his challenge.

Lenglet insists he was simply trying to win the ball with his head and any contact with Varane was for leverage in that aerial contest.

“I wanted to get the ball out with my head and give strength to my movement. I used my body and legs for that and, unfortunately, I touched Raphael’s leg,” he explained.

“I’m the protagonist and I know I’m going to clear the ball. I’m not a player who likes to kick people. But if some believe it’s a penalty, it’s up to the VAR. The VAR made a decision and must be respected.”

The result did nothing to the top of La Liga, with Barça and Real level on points – the Catalans are ahead by virtue of a marginally superior goal difference. Sevilla are five points back in third place, with none of the top three winning either of the last two league fixtures.

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9 people arrested after El clasico clash turns war.

About nine people have been arrested by police and 46 injured as Catalonia independence protesters threw rocks at police on the night of ‘El Clasico’ the much rivaled match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, which had previously been postponed due to security fears.

9 arrested after El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid turned violent  (photos)

As Barcelona played Real Madrid on Wednesday night at the Camp Nou stadium, masked protesters carrying Catalan seperatist flags in support of Catalonia independence from Spain, set bins on fire and threw glass bottles and rocks at police, who responded with foam bullets in a street outside the stadium.

The protesters, set up barricades in the middle of the street, which they then set on fire after police arrived in dozens of vans.

9 arrested after El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid turned violent  (photos)

This is the first violent protest in Catalonia region since October when Spain’s top court jailed nine Catalan separatist leaders over their role in a failed 2017 bid for independence.

9 arrested after El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid turned violent  (photos)

It should be noted that this classico match which ended 0-0 was supposed to be played in December but was postponed due to serious security concerns and on Wednesday night thousands of Catalonia protesters could be seen chanting “Independence” and “Free political prisoners”

The main goal of the protests is to get pain’s government to negotiate on Catalonia’s right to self-determination and independence from Spain and to achieve freedom for the separatists who were jailed.

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El Clasico – See reactions from fans after Real Madrid and Barcelona match.

The fixture that football fans around the world unite in to glue their eyes towards.

Over the years it has had drama, passion, two of the world’s greatest ever players regularly partaking in it, and more often than not, football of the highest order with goals galore.

Real Madrid and Barcelona have been the top two sides in La Liga for sometime, however, they do say the form book goes out of the window for derby clashes, right? Well, having not beaten La Blaugrana in the league in their last six attempts, during which time La Liga has been won twice by Barça, perhaps that isn’t so.

Either way it was sure to be an engrossing clash at Camp Nou, with both sides level pegging atop the division heading into Wednesday night’s clash.

So, who was going to start for either side? How were the teams going to setup? And…more importantly, was a golfer going to get the nod over youth?

You betcha.

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