Marcelo out of 2nd leg because he has to man a polling station in Madrid


Chelsea in semi “for a reason”

Chelsea came away with a good 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital yesterday ahead of the second leg of their semi-final clash with Real Madrid.

American international Christian Pulisic opened the scoring for the blues early in the first half only for his strike to be cancelled out by a Karim Benzema equaliser.

Neither side were able to take the initiative to win the game in the second half and Real manager Zinedine Zidane described Chelsea as a side that deserves to be where they were in the competition and that a draw was a good result.

“In the first half it was very difficult for us, but we controlled it more in the second half,” said Zidane

Marcelo out of 2nd leg because he has to man a polling station in Madrid

MADRID, SPAIN – JANUARY 24: Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid looks on during the Copa del Rey, Quarter Final, Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on January 24, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

“They’re very quick, have good players and started very well. In the second half we had more control.  We’re still in the tie and we’re happy with the overall performance. We’re also good at playing away from home, we press high.

“They’re [Chelsea] in the semi-final for a reason, they’re a good side. The second leg will be very competitive. Militao had a great game, like all of them. They’ve given their all tonight and we’ll rest now.”

Marcelo could miss due to polling station duty

Due to the injury of French international Ferland Mendy, Marcelo was picked to play the left-wing back position for Real Madrid in yesterday’s draw.

Mendy who was signed from Lyon in 2019, has become the club’s main option in the left defensive position.

Marcelo, now 32, has lost considerable pace and output in his latter years and will have just one year left on his deal at the end of the season.

However, he may have to miss the second leg with Chelsea due to some extraordinary circumstances.

The Brazilian has been called up for to partake in polling station duty in the Spanish capital during the period in which he would be travelling with the squad to London.

He has of course challenged this decision but as of yet all all arguments have been rebuffed.

Should he and Mendy not be available for the tie, Nacho Fernandez may need to be used as a left-back in a back 4 system.

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