Marcelo: Draw was fair

Marcelo has said the result of the Madrid derby was a fair one after Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid finished all square.

Karim Benzema put Madrid in front at Vicente Calderon in the opening minutes only for Atletico to take the lead on the stroke of half time.

Cristiano Ronaldo levelled late on and Marcelo, a second half substitute for Fabio Coentrao, admitted that the draw was about right.

“We started well in the opening minutes but then conceded two goals and it became more difficult,” the left back told reporters.

“I think the team has been good, we were just weaker at the end of the first half.

“Then in the second we played well. It’s normal when you go a goal down to find a little intensity.

“We can’t always play well but we fought to the end.”

Marcelo was asked about the spats between the players that saw the referee have to intervene on a number of occasions.

“Playing here is always difficult. They have done a good job and we have a lot of respect for them,” Marcelo replied.

“They are having a very good season and I think in games like this its normal there’s a few fouls.

“We should play on and forget the foul play. It’s a contest and I love these games.

“Our objective was victory and we tried to win the game but I think the result was fair.”

The Brazil international was also asked his thoughts at being benched in favour of Coentrao, and what Coach Carlo Ancelotti said as he was coming on.

“The Coach told me to go forward,” Marcelo revealed.

“When you enter in the second half you just want to play and show you can help the team.

“I train well to play. I want to play every time but it is up to the Coach and I don’t question him.”

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