Marca's damning assessment of Marcelo's performance in Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid


A 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final between Barcelona and Real Madrid ensured that it's all to play for at the Bernabeu in three weeks time. 

It was Los Blancos who opened the scoring inside 10 minutes, with Lucas Vazquez excellently finishing a move that was set up by Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema.

With Lionel Messi starting on the bench it was the visitors who controlled the tempo for much of the first hour. 

But just minutes before he was introduced to the fans inside the Nou Camp, Malcom, the man that started in Messi's place, found an equaliser. 

With 57 minutes on the clock, Luis Suarez curled a long-range effort onto the post and the rebound fell kindly to Malcom, who drilled his finish past Thibaut Courtois from the edge of the box. 

The goal came from a swift Barca move that completely caught Real off-guard and it took just 11 seconds for to hosts to turn defence into a successful attack on that occasion. 


As often happens after an El Clasico fixture, at the final whistle, every player's performance was analysed and scrutinised. 

Some were rated high, but others not so. In fact at full-time, Marca published their opinions on a few players and gave a rather worrying assessment of Marcelo.  


The Brazilian was at fault for Barca's equaliser as he failed to track back and cover Malcom, who eventually turned the ball into the net. 


"Marcelo endured a difficult evening at the Camp Nou and it showed that his form is even more worrisome than perhaps was originally thought," Marca read.

"He was out of shape, out of position, and utterly exposed by Malcom."


That's certainly a damning assessment of the Madrid full-back, but one that's more than justified. 

Marcelo's performances have been questioned on a number of occasions this season and Marca's latest comments suggest that the 30-year-old is in decline. 

His lazy attitude towards tracking back for the goal just about sums up Marcelo's season so far and if he's not careful, he could soon lose his spot at the Bernabeu. 

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