Marcelo: We can deal with Champions League pressure

Marcelo: We can deal with Champions League pressure


Marcelo has said the Real Madrid players can deal with the pressure on them ahead of the Champions League final.

Los Blancos take on city rivals Atletico de Madrid on May 24 in Lisbon. A win for Carlo Ancelotti’s side would secure their tenth European Cup, 12 years on from when they last won the tournament.

As each year passes they don’t win, the pressure on the players has grown to win the trophy. And Marcelo says the current crop at the Santiago Bernabeu have the experience and mental toughness to deal with it.

Los Blancos have overcome many difficult tests in the tournament so far this season having knocked out holders Bayern Munich along the way. They also saw off other Bundesliga outfits Schalke and Borussia Dortmund – last year’s finalists.

Speaking at a promotional event in Madrid on Wednesday, the 26-year-old defender, who has been included his Brazil’s squad for the World Cup this summer, said: “There is a lot of pressure and a lot of responsibility attached with playing in a European Cup final, but we are remaining calm and focused in order to enjoy ourselves and try to win the Tenth title.”

Marcelo has played 271 times for the club and scored 23 goals since he arrived in the Spanish capital eight years ago.