Marcelo has revealed that there was general expectation that Real Madrid could fail to beat Chelsea in the first leg of the semi final in Spain on Tuesday.
Karim Benzema cancelled out Christian Pulisic’s, with the west London club going into the second leg with an away goal advantage.
“We knew it could happen [that Madrid could fail to win], but there’s another game [to be played],” Marcelo said post-game in comments carried by Marca.
“We’re fine and we know what we have to do. The second leg will be different. We don’t choose the rhythm of the game, we have to adapt to what it is. We’re well and we’re calm.”
Marcelo was appreciate of Benzema’s contribution, but underlined the importance of the collective. “The team is more than 25 players,” he said.
“We’re working hard every day. I’m happy that Karim scored, but above all we came out with our heads up. We’re working hard, doing things we think we can do well. Real Madrid will always fight to the end.”
Thiago Silva’s wife, Isabelle da Silva, aimed a dig at Timo Werner during Chelsea’s draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
Thomas Tuchel’s side took the lead through Christian Pulisic but Karim Benzema scored Madrid’s equaliser to make it 1-1 in the Spanish capital ahead of next week’s semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge.
Werner, meanwhile, had another game to forget as he missed an excellent chance to put Chelsea in front as his clear-cut opportunity from close range was saved by Thibaut Courtois.
And Isabelle da Silva, who was watching the game at home with her children, was less than impressed with Werner’s latest miss.
In a video uploaded to her Instagram account during the first half, Isabelle da Silva said: “This is karma, guys.
“Every team I go to there is a striker who keeps missing goals… this Werner, what is his name?”
In a second video posted on her account, Isabelle da Silva added: “We need a goal, we need to win this match but my attackers don’t want to score, I don’t know why they don’t score.”
Eden Hazard Real Madrid would go ‘looking for the win’ in the second leg against Chelsea following the 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.
Christian Pulisic’s fine strike put Chelsea ahead before Karim Benzema levelled for the home side in the Champions League semi-final first leg.
Hazard, who has just returned from his latest injury setback, came off the bench just after the hour-mark against his former club.
The result means Real must score in the return leg to stand any chance of reaching a final against either Manchester City or PSG.
Afterwards Hazard said: “It could be better and it could be worse! We will go there looking for the win.
“I am just going step by step, of course I want to play, I want to be on the pitch. I played a bit more today than before, we have games before the end of the season and I want to be ready. I am just happy to be playing again.
“It’s always good to play against friends. Now I am a Real Madrid player so I just want to win.”
Real struggled with a three-man defence in the first-half, and were fortunate not to have conceded more than one goal before Benzema levelled
Hazard added: “The manager decides what formation we play, we know how to play with three at the back but we can also play with four.”