Marcelo urges team to accept blame for Real Madrid’s crisis

Marcelo admits the entire team must take responsibility for Real Madrid’s season following their final day defeat to Real Betis.

Real ended their campaign with an embarrassing 2-0 loss to Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu following second-half goals from Loron Moron and ex-Los Blancos forward Jese Rodriguez.

Therefore, Zinedine Zidane’s side have ended up with just 68 points in La Liga in a distant third-place – which is their lowest haul since the 2001/02 season.

It’s also the first time Real have lost 12 times across a single 38-game league campaign since the 1998/99 one.

The Spanish giants have truly suffered a miserable time in the past nine months as they also succumbed to an early Champions League exit to Ajax in the last-16 stage. While any hopes of domestic silverware ended in a Copa del Rey semi-final defeat to Barcelona.

Now Marcelo, who captained Los Merengues in place of the injured Sergio Ramos for their final day defeat, accepts this is not good enough.

“We need to share the blame. We started badly and ended badly. We didn’t want the season to be like this, we want to fight for every title,” said the Brazilian on the club’s website.

“This was a hard season, for me, it was hard personally. We tried everything we could to make the fans happy, that was not possible. Next season starts here, we need to look at what went wrong so we don’t make the same mistakes.”

Meanwhile, Zidane chose to start Keylor Navas in goal over a fully-fit Thibaut Courtois for the season finale.

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The Costa Rican brushed aside fears over his future to keep a lacklustre Real in the game during the first half against Betis.

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 19: Keylor Navas of Real Madrid salutes fans at the end of the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Betis Balompie at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

While Navas’ strong performance ultimately came to nothing, Marcelo suggested that the keeper may remain at the Bernabeu next season after all.

“Players come and go,” said the 31-year-old.

“Some have made history and continue to make history, but it didn’t sound like a goodbye to me, just as a farewell to a very tough season. Keylor has a contract and that will be resolved.”

Despite being named in the matchday squad, Gareth Bale was left as an unused substitute and walked off without acknowledging the home crowd – who booed the players at the final whistle.

Marcelo added: “When you win everything is easier. Whistles are a way to try to motivate us.

“If I let my head go down every time I heard a whistle, I would not be who I am. It’s a way to motivate myself and improve what I’m not doing.

“We must try to change and reverse the situation. One day they whistle and the next they applaud you.”

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 19: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid walks to the substitute bench before the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Betis Balompie at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)


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