Due to a row over Real Madrid’s defensive tactics, Zinedine Zidane has excluded Marcelo from the squad for Thursday’s scheduled game against Granada, according to Goal. The French coach however has a reduced workforce.
And happy birthday, Marcelo. Born on May 12, 1988, the Brazilian left side of Real Madrid blew out his 33rd candle on Wednesday. But this beautiful day has turned badly. According to information from Goal Spain, Zinedine Zidane decided, after collective training, to put him aside from the group selected for the next match. The player is said to have quarreled with the French coach, due to a tense exchange over the team’s defensive tactical system.
The clash is also, according to the same source, an indirect consequence of Marcelo’s dissatisfaction lately. The player, under contract until June 2022, would be disappointed not to be solicited more by Zinedine Zidane, who has so far only granted him the 15th playing time of the squad (18 games, including 15 in the league ).
Only four defenders in the squad
Marcelo will therefore miss one more match, that of the 36th day of La Liga on the lawn of Granada (Thursday 10 p.m.). The group summoned shows that the many unavailability did not prevent Zinedine Zidane from making this strong decision. The 1998 world champion decided to rely on just four professional defenders: Eder Militão, Nacho, Alvaro Odriozola and young Miguel Gutiérrez.
Three games from the end of the season, Real Madrid occupy third place with one point behind Barça, held in check Tuesday by Levante (3-3). Atlético de Madrid, leader who must challenge Real Sociedad on Wednesday evening (10 p.m.), is two points ahead.