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Real Madrid lost due to World Cup fatigue – Marcelo

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Marcelo has claimed that Real Madrid’s disappointing 4-2 Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid was down to World Cup fatigue

Los Blancos began life in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era to a poor start by conceding four goals for the first time since 2015.

New Real boss Julen Lopetegui also became the first coach since Bernd Schuster in 2007 to lose his first competitive match in charge of the club.

But many players in the squad were involved in this summer’s World Cup, with the likes of Raphael Varane and Luka Modric reaching the final.

And Marcelo believes that it had a telling effect in Estonia on Wednesday night.

“We must forget about this and think about La Liga,” the Brazilian told Onda Cero.

“It’s a f*****g loss but we must forget about it.”

He added that fatigue and the lack of training sessions were the reason for Real’s many uncharacteristic errors.

The European champions will now face Getafe on Sunday in their La Liga opener.