No Madrid final, hints Marcelo

Real Madrid defender Marcelo has hinted that he would not want Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final.

Madrid provisionally cut Barcelona’s lead in La Liga to a single point courtesy of their 5-1 win at Getafe on Saturday, and Marcelo refused to comment on whether a repeat of the 2014 showpiece in Lisbon appealed to him, simply riposting “I’d like another final, yes”.

“[Manchester City] aren’t the weakest team [in the Champions League semi-finals],” he said after the game.

“There are no weak teams. They’ve reached the semi-finals for a reason. They’re as strong as the other teams. Now there’s only the final after this, so there’s no easy games.

“Many people thought what they wanted about us we were 10, nine or seven points behind.

“Those people can lose hope, but our fans were with us and stayed hopeful.

“We received criticism and trained knowing that it was difficult to fight for the League with such a distance.

“Madrid have always had this strength. When you don’t win anything, people can think of many things, but Madrid always fight, even when we’re 15 points behind.

“[On Barca being in bad form], I don’t think they are. One day you’re fine and the next day you’re not.

“[On another Madrid CL final], I’d like another final, yes.”

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