Chelsea performed superbly against Real Madrid last night but couldn’t quite get the win they deserved.
They did find plenty of space in behind Real Madrid’s back line, and that was in large part down to the presence of Marcelo down the left.
Despite Zinedine Zidane using an extra central defender, the Brazilian looked exposed defensively time and again. For all his creativity, he’s just not got the legs anymore.
So reports from Caughtoffside that he won’t be available next week are a blow as much as a blessing for Chelsea. Bizarrely it’s because of local elections in Madrid – having taken up Spanish citizenship, Marcelo is eligible to be called up to man a polling station, and that’s just what’s happened.
Ferland Mendy, a far superior player at this stage of their respective careers, will likely be back, meaning Chelsea will have a tougher time breaking through down the left come next Wednesday.