Marcelo: Karim didn’t change things

Real Madrid defender Marcelo denied it was substitute Karim Benzema’s goal that had changed the game in the 2-1 defeat of Ludogorets.

Instead, the Brazilian preferred to put it down to a team effort in Los Blancos’ laboured victory over the Bulgarian minnows.

“It wasn’t Karim who changed the game, as we were all focused on it. Karim was in the right place at the right time and managed to score,” he told reporters afterwards.

“Beforehand we spoke about things and knew we had to put balls in front of their defence, which was where we could cause them problems, and that’s how it turned out.

“Of course, we must improve on some things but we are getting better all the time, which is our aim,” added Marcelo.

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