Real Madrid: 3 takeaways from an impressive win over Getafe

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Real Madrid, Marcelo
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Marcelo leads the way for Real Madrid

Marcelo has been under a finer microscope than any other player on Real Madrid this season, because he was blamed for a few of the club’s losses earlier this season due to some admittedly atrocious defending. And his attacking contributions weren’t as convincing as usual either.

The left back played as more of a midfielder on Matchday 22/23 against Getafe, as he was lined up as a wide midfielder/wing back in Zinedine Zidane’s experimental 3-4-3 formation. In fact, Marcelo played as both a wide midfielder and a No. 10 at times, fluidly drifting inside to create when Real needed him to.

Marcelo pulled off some unreal passes in this match, and he ended up with an assist after sending in a great cross to Ferland Mendy for the goal that sealed the result at 2-0 for Los Blancos.

Although Marcelo’s creativity and attacking brilliance stole the show, the experienced Brazilian left back was not bad defensively either. He worked hard in tandem with Mendy to recover the ball quickly for his team, pressing whenever he could.

Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come for Marcelo. He clearly has something left to give to this team as a creator and should be able to reinvent himself with the club as more of an attacking/midfield player. We’ll see how Zidane accommodates that.