Real Madrid star Marcelo set for bench role

World Cup 2018 By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 02/07/2018

Brazilian defender Marcelo is set for a bench role against Mexico in the round of 16 in the World Cup after he was forced off in Brazil 2-0 win against Serbia in their last group game.

The Real Madrid defender was replaced with Filipe Luis and the Atletico Madrid defender is expected to retain the starting spot when the Selecao face Mexico in the second round.

"In a normal and natural situation, there is a natural competition for starting spots."

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 "I cannot have unknown variables in this match, he could be hiding something, but he came to training, he wants to participate, he shows the commitment as a team player and might be able to feature for 45, 60 minutes."

"At the end of the training, we talked, 'Can I count on you?' He said 'you can.'"

Tite said he is seeking a similar performance from his team to the one that saw them account for Serbia.

"I hope the team maintains the standard of the two previous games, even more," he said. "We want to reproduce the physical, tactical, technical, emotional, and type of play like in the last match," Tite told a news conference