The strange reason Real Madrid’s Marcelo could miss Champions League tie against Chelsea

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Real Madrid defender Marcelo could miss the second leg of his side’s Champions League semi-final against Chelsea next week due to an unusual reason. Marcelo started the first leg in Madrid on Tuesday, which finished in 1-1 draw following goals from Christian Pulisic and Karim Benzema.

With Ferland Mendy out injured, the Brazilian captained the side and played at left wing-back as Zinedine Zidane opted to match Chelsea’s formation at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

Thibaut Courtois saved from Timo Werner early on before Pulisic gave Chelsea the lead with a composed finish from Antonio Rudiger’s long pass.

Benzema struck the outside of the post with a left-footed shot before levelling with a powerful volley from close range after 29 minutes.

Chelsea had the better of the chances, but faded slightly in the second half and could not find a second away goal, leaving the second leg at Stamford Bridge next week nicely poised.

However, Los Blancos’ chances in West London next Wednesday could be dented by the unavailability of the experienced Marcelo.

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That is because, according to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the 32-year-old has been chosen for polling duty in Madrid’s upcoming elections.

Madrid’s citizens will head to the polls next Tuesday for elections to the 136-seat regional assembly in a day which is seen as a mid-term test for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s ruling coalition.

Real have protested against the decision, but the report states that the electoral board argues that Marcelo could fly to London on Wednesday, a day later than his team-mates.

Left-back Mendy has now missed Real’s last four matches with a calf problem and is a doubt for next week’s second leg, meaning Marcelo’s absence could be a big problem for Zidane, who has been forced to field centre-back Nacho in the position.


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The club will continue to argue its case over the next week and there is precedent for such a decision being overturned.

Levante managed to free goalkeeper Aitor Fernández from polling station duty before elections in November 2019, so Real will hope a similar compromise can be agreed on.

Yet, according to the Spanish electoral board, only people of certain professions are allowed to miss polling duty.

It states that the only people who will be spared from the voluntary role are those who work for the courts, provide essential community services of vital importance, such as medical, health, civil protection and firefighters, work in the media covering the elections, or who are participating in public events on the same day.

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