Marcelo is out of sorts. The Brazil international has not rediscovered his best form since suffering an injury in the LaLiga defeat to Real Betis at the Bernabéu. He had a night to forget at Wembley as his shortcomings were brutally exposed by Tottenham’s marauding wing-back Kieron Tripper.
Marcelo wasteful in Spurs defeat
Marcelo lost the ball 29 times during the defeat to Tottenham, a record in the 93 Champions League matches he has played for Los Blancos.
The 29-year-old’s passing statistics left a lot to be desired following his first ever match under the Wembley arch. Despite attempting the most passes of any player in the team (88, the same as Toni Kroos), his completion rate ranked among the worst. Just 79.5 percent of Marcelo’s passes found their intended target (70 successful passes, 18 unsuccessful passes). Only Karim Benzema, who had a pass completion rate of 76.7 percent, distributed the ball with less accuracy.
The left-back was equally poor in defence. Aside from questionable positioning on a number of occasions, he did not complete any tackles, and just two interceptions.
Zidane misses Carvajal and Marcelo
Marcelo’s poor start to the season is one of the contributory factors to Real Madrid’s current slump in form. Zinedine Zidane’s side is missing his buccaneering presence on the left flank, as well as Dani Carvajal on the right. Both full-backs were key to Madrid’s success last season, as much in attack as in defence. Marcelo contributed three goals and 14 assists across all competitions. Carvajal chipped in with one goal and 15 assists.
Those impressive figures have decreased markedly this campaign. Marcelo has scored once and provided two assists in 1,038 minutes of football. Carvajal has two assists to his name in 990 minutes on the pitch.