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Marcelo dreads the thought of Barca collecting Champions League silverware on Los Blancos' home pitch....

To see Barcelona win the Champions League final would leave a bad taste in the mouth of many Madridistas, but it would also do the same for the players of the Spanish capital club. These were the feelings Real Madrid left-back Marcelo revealed today in a post-training press conference reported by AS.

If we had been in the final, I would have preferred it [for Barca to be in the final]. It is difficult because we are not in the competition. But I hope that Barca are not in the final. It is really hard to be out of the Champions League. It was not a physical factor that led to our defeat. We tried but we could not do it. We need to raise our heads and continue working. Now we are more calm and our objective is La Liga. We will fight to the death for it."

Marcelo also offered some comments about the heavy challenges levied on team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo. "Cristiano has a style of dribbling that is very special. No one wants to be beaten by him. I'm not sure if they make a point of trying to tackle him, but the fans certainly get heated because of it. This could prompt some players to make hard challenges. He does a good job of keeping his head."

Finally, Marcelo spoke about the continuous debate about his position on the pitch and the Brazilian once again declared that he is happy playing as a left-back. "I feel important for the team and I would return to play in midfield."

Marcelo was surprised to learn that he is the player in the squad that receives the most fouls, to which the youngster responded cheerfully: "They don't want to be beaten by me!"


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