Amid a disastrous run of form for Real Madrid, Marcelo has spoken about the club’s poor start to the campaign.
The defender spoke of Cristiano Ronaldo‘s departure too and also addressed speculation surrounding Julen Lopetegui‘s future ahead of the Clasico.
“Ending our holidays and coming back to the routine of Real Madrid withoutCristiano Ronaldo was a surprise for us, we thought he wouldn’t go,” he admitted in a video on his YouTube channel.
“Real Madrid is a huge club, Cristiano Ronaldo is huge too, but the club is bigger than any player.
“The history of Real Madrid is impressive and Cristiano Ronaldo added a piece more to the history of this club, but Real Madrid can’t stop.
“The player changes club, stops playing, retires and Real Madrid will still be here.”
Ahead of Sunday’s Clasico, Marcelo also addressed the fixture and the importance of it and representing the club on such a high-profile occasion.
“Playing at the Camp Nou and representing the badge is very beautiful, the feeling is beautiful when all of the fans are against you, it motivates you,” he admitted to the LaLiga website.
“It’s a game where whoever makes fewer mistakes wins.
“We have to be focused, as we know Barcelona‘s quality and of the important players they have in attack.
“When I came to Real Madrid one of my aims was to play in a Clasico and win it, I’ve played many and it’s always a joy to play against Barcelona.
“The world stops to watch this game, whether it’s the start of the season or a final.
“Every player wants to be there playing and I’ve had the privilege to be able to play in a few.”
A poor result could be a costly one for coach Julen Lopetegui, but the Brazilian was clear that the man in the dugout has the support of those on the field.
“We will try to turn the situation on its head, as we aren’t very bad but we want to improve,” he stated.
“Lopetegui is trying to do everything possible to take Real Madrid as high as possible, where we have to be.”
“My motivation is to wake up every day, know that I’m a Real Madrid player and to fight every year for the Champions League,” he explained.
“It’s very difficult, everyone said it was impossible to win three in a row, everyone said many things and now they don’t.
“That’s my motivation.”
Marcelo faces a fight to be fit for the tie at the Camp Nou, but is expected to overcome a midweek knock to face Barcelona on Sunday.