The Real Madrid Brazilians were the main targets of criticism from the Spanish press after the La Liga home defeat by Cádiz. Among them, the most criticized was veteran Marcelo who, according to the newspapers, failed to maintain the level that Real’s shirt requires. With the 1-0, Cádiz ended a streak of 15 games without a loss for Zinedine Zidane’s team.
According to the newspaper Marca, Marcelo was “without depth and balance in attack and suffering in defense”, in addition to pointing out that he does not deserve to be a starter against Barcelona next Saturday (24).
As said the side was “a scandal, but not”. For the publication, his level was “negligible” and that Mendy is “ten meters ahead of him”. Both publications bet on entering French as a titleholder in the classic.
Catalan newspapers also did not spare Marcelo. Mundo Deportivo pointed out that the performance resembled “one of the worst phases” of the Brazilian, while Sport said that Marcelo has “had difficulty maintaining the level demanded by a club like Real Madrid for a long time”.
About Vinicius Jr, who started in today’s match (17), Marca said that “at least he tried”: “it was bad in the first half, but a little more active in the second. Far from its best version”, analyzed the newspaper.
As and Mundo Deportivo took it a little lighter, stating that it was his best chance in the second half and one of the few who tried something in the second half.
Marca also made light criticisms of Casemiro, saying that “the team needs its intensity, although it hasn’t made much difference on the field”.
Real Madrid leads the Spanish Championship with 10 points, the same score as Cádiz and Granada. Before El Clásico, Real Madrid make their debut in the Champions League group stage against Shakhtar Donetsk.