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Marcelo: "We're approaching the game as if it were a cup final"

NEWS | 05/04/2016 | Javier García (Wolfsburgo) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba

“The team is in good shape, we're very focused and one of the keys will be to not concede”, insisted the defender.
Marcelo took his place alongside Zinedine Zidane in the media room at the Wolfsburg Arena, where the Brazilian spoke of how the team are approaching the game against the German side: "They're going to put us under a lot of pressure, as will their fans. This one isn't a lesser game, it's one that we're approaching as if it was a cup final. We're expecting a tough game in which they'll put us under a lot of pressure. We're clear on what we've got to do. We're going to give our all to ensure we put in a good performance".

"It's important not to concede. The team is in good shape, we're very focused on what we've got to do and what our coach is asking of us. If we manage not to concede tomorrow it will be a big step in the right direction".

Camp Nou celebrations
"Everyone has their own opinion and that must be respected. I celebrate every victory as if it were a title win. Playing football and winning games is very difficult and I celebrate every win".

 Call-ups with Brazil
"I'm not bothered by it. I've been receiving call-ups to the national team since the age of 15 and I always go with the same feeling of pride. When you don't get called up it bothers you, that's obvious. Nobody can question how keen I am to join up with the national team. I give my absolute all for my club and country. I'm not the one who decides on the squad lists.This issue has gone too far".

His position
"I'm not going to say what the coach and I talk about. Sometimes I've player further forwards, but I'm a defender and I'll continue to be a defender. I don't know whether the coach wants me to play in another position, but I'll always be a defender, I'm a left-wing back".

Morale levels after the Clásico
"The fact that we're here competing in the Champions League means that we're in with a chance of winning it. Saturday's game is now gone and right after it we started thinking about tomorrow's match. Our attentions are now focused on the Champions League".

Dante and Luiz Gustavo
"I get on very well with Dante, as I do with Luiz Gustavo, they are like two brothers to me and I met them through football. We've spoken about the game, but we haven't made any wagers".