Real Madrid defender Marcelo has been described as “embarrassing” by Roy Keane and Glenn Hoddle.
Left-back Marcelo was at the centre of controversy during Real Madrid’s 2-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat to Wolfsburg on Wednesday, with his antics earning Max Arnold a booking.
The Brazilian first kicked out at Arnold, before pushing his head into his chest. Marcelo then fell to the ground theatrically, with the referee awarding him a free-kick.
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Speaking after the game, Hoddle told ITV: “He goes down like he has been shot. It’s embarrassing. This is disgraceful.”
Keane added: “It’s shocking. I do not know how his legs have given way.”
Discussing Real Madrid’s abhorrent defending in Germany, former player Steve McManaman did not hold back.
“I thought they were woeful, I really did,” McManaman told BT Sport.
“From the highs of getting a good result on Saturday to really low lows tonight.
“Defensively the right-back [Danilo] and left-back [Marcelo] were just all over the place, coupled with Pepe and [Sergio] Ramos who looked like they hadn’t played with each other before.
“I was astounded as to how bad they were. I expected a real calm, measured performance as well.
“It was like schoolboy, Under-10s or Under-12s defending. (In the second goal) Marcelo walks across with his arms behind his back and [Maximilian] Arnold gets two yards ahead of Ramos.
“It seems like the manager just prays on the sidelines that they get it together. It looks as if they just freestyle,” he added.
“It just looks horrific. You can’t blame the manager because he’s just said to the same team which played against Barcelona on Saturday – apart from Danilo – ‘go out and do it again’.”