Santiago Solari sends Real Madrid defender a message

Despite being Real Madrid’s vice-captain and one of the senior figures in the dressing room, Marcelo right now winds up behind 22-year-old institute graduate Sergio Reguilón in the pecking order as Santiago Solari stamps his authority on the squad.

The Brazil universal full-back has not highlighted for a solitary moment of Real’s last two group amusements or the opening leg of the Copa del Rey tie against Leganés.

In the return match, with Madrid holding a 3-0 advantage, Solari deployed Marcelo on the left wing as opposed to has routine position at left back, with Reguilón behind him to offer insurance.

Solari: « Competition is an essential part of football »

Asked in his press conference before the Copa quarter-final first leg against Girona whether he had spoken to Marcelo, Solari played a straight bat: « Things that are said secretly stay private. But internal competition is an essential part of football.

Marcelo has a good chance of starting against Girona where he will have to convince Solari he is able to challenge Reguilón, a less daring player going ahead, for the beginning compartment in recreations to come.

« I might want it on the off chance that he guarded more, » the Real Madrid manager said as of late. Presently, Marcelo is defending his position and his place in the side.


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