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With Marcelo as left back, the Real Madrid came to conquer up to four Champions League. But the performance of the veteran Brazilian footballer has been declining, thus becoming one of the focuses of criticism and opening a debate for several years about whether he should start for the white team.
It is not in this season that the box of thunder has been opened. They have been talking about it for two years, but the noise is getting louder. If in 2018/2019 it was Reguilón the one who managed, during a good stretch of the course, to relegate Marcelo to the background; from there it has been Ferland mendy the one who has followed a similar path.
If Zidane opted to alternate between one and the other for a good part of the 2019/2020 season, in this new campaign it is the French full-back who has prevailed in the rotation. 13 games and 1,049 minutes are Ferland Mendy’s records in this first half of the course.
He has played all the matches of the group stage of the Champions League, being only a substitute in the matches of The league in front of Valladolid, Cadiz, Valencia Y Alaves. Of these four, he only had minutes in front of the babazorro team. In those duels was Marcelo the holder and only once did the whites win – it was against the Pucelano team by the minimum.
The Brazilian has only enjoyed 90 minutes in the Champions League so far this year, something of the most striking and confirming the change of cycle on the left side of Real Madrid. He has played five games in La Liga and having already entered the game in December, that is an unknown balance in the second captain.
The new generations have come stomping. In Real Madrid’s last game against him Seville, which ended with a white victory by the minimum, were starters Ferland Mendy, Rodrygo Y Vinicius. The side, who has already received the call from Deschamps to play with the France team, was key for his team to get the three points in the Sánchez Pizjuán.
Mendy did even better a great individual action of Benzema to center the area of Bond. Vinicius brushed the ball just enough for the Sevilla goalkeeper to jump into action and end up putting the ball into his own goal. By giving The league the goal to the local goalkeeper, Mendy was left without adding an assist to his locker, but everyone saw what happened and the full-back is confirmed as the starter of Real Madrid on the ‘big nights’.
What seemed impossible a few years ago is becoming reality. Marcelo continues to be a heavyweight in the merengue locker room, but he is no longer part of the team’s backbone. Surely he will have important minutes and that his particular way of seeing the game will be seen again, but now the left side of the white team is a matter for Ferland Mendy.
[Más información: El Madrid coge aire ante el Sevilla y Zidane aprueba su primer examen]