Real Madrid’s captain on the night Marcelo defended under-fire teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, highlighting the Portuguese man’s contribution to the team beyond his goalscoring.
While Marcelo was arguably Los Blancos’ man of the match in their hard-fought 2-1 victory over Athletic Club, Ronaldo’s performance was punctuated by missed opportunities and frustration.
“Cristiano [Ronaldo] always wants to score,” the Brazilian said in his post-match comments. “He helps the team a lot not just with goals but with his hard work.”
The left-back also highlighted the challenges posed by Athletic Club at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
“Athletic Club have good players so it’s normal that they enjoyed periods of control over the game,” he said.
“They made things difficult for us, but we managed to keep possession of the ball and be patient after conceding the goal.”
Real Madrid’s victory leaves them top of LaLiga, but Marcelo sounded a note of caution.
“There are no easy games and we have to be careful against all the teams.”