Carlo Ancelotti has called out Rafa Marin for the clash between Real Madrid and Chelsea in the second leg of this Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final (9 pm, on RMC Sport 1). The 19-year-old Spanish defender is one of Castilla’s leaders. But he has not yet developed with the pros.
He will sit on the Star Bench for the fourth time. Rafa Marin has been called up to face Chelsea on Tuesday in the second leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League (9 pm, on RMC Sport 1). The young Real Madrid defender was called in by Carlo Ancelotti to replace Eder Milito (suspended) and Jesus Vallejo (positive for Covid 19). Having played three times with Merengue this season (in La Liga and the King’s Cup), he will be experiencing his first evening in C1 without a game.
Big, Versatile and Smart
At the age of 19, Rafael Marin Zamora (his full name) is one of Castilla’s coaches, coached by Ral. This season, he has played 24 games (1 goal) with the White House Reserves. To the extent of making himself indispensable and joining the pros with whom he has not played a minute yet.
With its 1.91m, the Spanish U18 International stands out for its imposing size on the grass field. At ease with the ball, he is renowned for his good reading of the game, his tenacity in one-on-ones, his neat growth and ability to guess. Even though he is right-handed, he can play as a central hinge or as a left-back.
Attracted to motorsports in his youth
Born in Guadajoz, northeast of Seville, Rafa Marin first became interested in motor sports in his youth. According to AS, when he was 5 years old, his parents even gave him a quad. But his mother eventually chose to switch him to less dangerous activities. He then began football in the province of Almería under the colors of Alcolía. He was picked up by Sevilla FC a few years later, before joining Real Madrid in 2016. At the age of 13.
Under contract with his training club until 2023, he now hopes to make his debut at the Bernabeu. It could not be against the Blues of Thomas Tuchel, who were defeated in the first leg at Stamford Bridge (1–3). But the big day shouldn’t be too long, especially since few European clubs see it as Leipzig in Germany.