Goal.com may confirm that Real Madrid defender Marcelo Vieira has been left out of the squad for Thursday’s match against Granada due to a disagreement with manager Zinedine Zidane.
Marcelo looked to be in line to start the decisive match at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes, with Ferland Mendy out for the rest of the season. Instead, when Madrid unveiled their matchday squad on Wednesday, the Brazilian, who turned 33 on Wednesday, was almost omitted.
Marcelo has become increasingly dissatisfied with Zidane’s strategy and lineup choices as the season progressed. And the situation reached a head during Tuesday’s training session. This season, the veteran left-back is just 15th in overall minutes for Madrid. He has been passed over by Mendy on the team’s depth chart.
Marcelo isn’t the only veteran who is fed up with Zidane’s tactics; many other proven players are said to be fed up with the Frenchman’s tactics.
According to Goal, the opinion in the Real Madrid locker room is that Zidane will not be in charge next season. With the Frenchman preparing to walk free from his contract’s final year. With both Mendy and Marcelo out of the Madrid team. Zidane seems to be preparing to give academy product Miguel Gutierrez a chance to start in a key position.
This season, the 19-year-old has only made three senior starts for the Blancos. Both of which have come off the bench recently. With a game in hand on second-placed Barcelona. Atletico Madrid is in pole position to secure their first league title since 2013-14.
Real, on the other hand, are just a point behind their city rivals in third place after the same number of games. They will jump into first place if they defeat Granada and Diego Simeone’s side loses points against Real Sociedad on Wednesday night.