Marcelo fumes at Madrid derby ban: I didn't touch Vitolo!

The Brazilian will be suspended for this weekend’s crucial Liga trip to the Vicente Calderon after being booked for a seemingly non-existent foul on the winger

Real Madrid defender Marcelo struggled to contain his frustration after being ruled out of Saturday’s derby with Atletico on account of a yellow card in Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over Sevilla.

The Brazilian’s 60th-minute booking for an alleged foul on Vitolo means that he will miss the trip to the Vicente Calderon through suspension.

Replays suggested that Marcelo had made little or no contact with the Spanish winger and the full-back admitted that he has not given up hope of having the yellow card rescinded before the Madrid derby.

“I’m happy with the result,” he is quoted as saying by AS. “The three points were very difficult to attain.

“I’m not angry about the yellow but we’ve all seen that I didn’t touch him.

“One must play every game intensely and not go into it thinking about the next game, but I didn’t touch him!

“I want to be available for Madrid for every game, but I do not know what to do. I hope to be told that I can play.”

Sergio Ramos (hamstring) and James Rodriguez (right foot) also look likely to miss the crucial Liga clash with third-place Atletico after picking up injuries against Sevilla.

Marcelo admitted that losing either would be a hammer blow but he feels that Carlo Ancelotti has the strength in depth to cope with any absences. 

“If are not available, they would be significant casualties,” he added.

“But we have a very good squad. Today, both Nacho and Raphael Varane had great games.

“Atletico will be a very tough match and we know that they are very good but we will try to win there.”

Madrid’s win over Sevilla, which came courtesy of first-half goals from James and Jese, saw them move four points clear of Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division.

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