Maybe journalists criticise because they can’t play football – Marcelo defends Lopetegui

Marcelo said that "all journalists try to hurt us, maybe it is envy because you do not know how to play football" when the Real Madrid star jumped to the defense of Julen Lopetegui.

Lopetegui's future in Madrid has been affected by fire after a five-game winless streak, although Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen offered a respite.

Still doubting the position of the former coach of Spain and left-back Marcelo de Madrid faced The media endorsed the 52-year-old.

"It's difficult when you do not win, but you talk about a crisis as if you wanted to hurt this team," said Marcelo, who scored in the much-needed win. .

"All journalists try to hurt us, maybe it's envy because you do not know how to play football."

"In my opinion, he's doing a great job," Marcelo added.

Marcelo was forced to come out of the victory at the Santiago Bernabéu, where the Brazilian international suffered a blow.

The 30-year-old player, however, dispelled the fears before the Clásico on Sunday against the LaLiga Barcelona champion.

"I feel good now, I took a strong shot and the referees have to see those things," said Marcelo.

On Marcelo's physical condition, Lopetegui said: "We must wait, it seems like a very strong blow, not a muscular problem, I hope we can have it on Sunday".

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