Marcelo might have lost the pace and energetic running that defined his game in the past but, the Brazilian still posses the technique and incredible vision to dictate play from midfield.
Against Getefe, Marcelo was unplayable at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium. He played 76 passes with an 85% success rate. And 41 of those successful passes were in the opponents half. In fact, Marcelo had 94 touches. 5 chances created. 1 assist. 5 recoveries and 4 duels won.
He was able to do this cause Zinedine Zidane played him as a left midfield while Ferland Mendy played as a left back. That change in position helped him to conserve more energy and push forward when the opposition drifts back in number in defend.
As it stands, Marcelo no longer have the legs or strengths to maraud up and down the left, now, he is more of midfielder who plays neat passes or try to carve out one or two chances to score or shoot.
Impressed with his display against Getefe, Spanish papers like Marca wrote “Best display from Marcelo in over two and a half year”. Others like El Pais wrote; ‘Marcelo the dynamic midfielder who has finally be reborn’.
As a left back, Real Madrid have won 2 matches in 8 games and as a midfielder, Real Madrid have won all their games.
Just like every other legend in the game that has adjusted their playing style or position to last longer in football, Marcelo has found his best position as he ages. He is better off in midfield than in defense.