Real Madrid and manager Julen Lopetegui are in the midst of a frustrating period, and it is one that supporters are not accustomed to.
Los Blancos have lost three out of their last four matches across all competitions, and have not scored a goal in four consecutive games. Overall play must improve, and the club do look set to receive a boost on the back-line.
Marcelo has been out of action since last month due to a calf injury, but appears ready to make his return to the pitch very soon. Speaking to AS, the talented left-back is confident that he is once again close to full fitness. “I feel fine. I’m almost at 100 per cent. I’m training well. It’s the second day I trained with the ball, but I’m happy with my progress. The international break is good for me to be at the top for the next game.”
The news will clearly come as a relief to Lopetegui, who has also had to deal with injury concerns for right-back Daniel Carvajal and striker Karim Benzema. While the attack is failing to produce in the final third at the moment, Marcelo is the type of defender who can influence play at both ends of the pitch.
His runs on the left side open up space for team-mates, and his crosses into the penalty area can create excellent scoring opportunities. Real Madrid have important fixtures on the horizon after the international break, and achieving better results is the top priority.
The squad host Levante at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu next weekend, followed by Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League and the season’s first El Clásico battle with Barcelona at the Camp Nou on October 28.
Real Madrid’s goalscoring woes must change if they are to get themselves back into LaLiga’s title race. Marcelo’s leadership and skill on the ball have been missing during this current run of poor form, and he could be the key to reversing their fortunes in the coming weeks.