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Seleção boss Scolari praises Marcelo performance

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Brazil left back Marcelo boosted his hopes of making Brazil’s World Cup squad next year with a performance against Russia which earned praise from coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Marcelo impressed in his side's 1-1 draw with Russia with marauding runs down the left flank, one of which led to the Seleção's equaliser.

But it was his defensive work that caught the eye of the Brazil boss as the left-back tirelessly harried Russian forwards.

Scolari said that before the match he had doubts about the Real Madrid defender's defensive abilities, but those had been laid to rest by his efforts in the 1-1 draw against Russia.

"Everyone says Marcelo attacks well but has problems when it comes to marking,” Scolari told reporters.

"Today, his performance was balanced, he attacked when he had to attack and marked well, so we have found another player for the team.”

Source: South China Morning Post


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