Copa America 2021 has already started but there are some big names missing from this tournament. One of the famous players missing from the tournament is Real Madrid Left Back, Marcelo. Marcelo was a big-name omission from Tite’s Brazil squad for Copa America 2021. Fans want to know the reason as to why Marcelo is not included in Brazil squad for Copa America 2021 ?
After witnessing a season to forget with La Liga giants Real Madrid, Brazilian star Marcelo has not been picked by coach Tite is Brazil’s 23-man squad for Copa America 2021. Marcelo was one of Brazil’s captains during the 2018 World Cup, therefore he is the headline name to miss out. The reason behind his exclusion is as follows:
The defender has had a difficult season with Real Madrid, falling out of favour under manager and failing to recapture his best form after Zinedine Zidane’s return to the club. Marcelo also went on to lose out his starting place for Real and was often benched and considered a second option to youngster Ferland Mendy. The Brazilian has grown increasingly frustrated with his manager after being relegated to a back-up role behind Ferland Mendy.
Brazil also have great options for left back position. Alex Sandro and Filipe Luis are also experienced players at this position. Coach Tite chosen to go with Alex Sandro and youngster Renan Lodi. Alex Sandro returned to the squad after missing out on the World Cup and, as it stands, could now be considered the long-term first-choice left-back as Brazil look to Qatar 2022. The Juventus man will then be 31-years-old, whereas Marcelo is aged 34.
The lack of playing time and his declining form are the answers to the question Why Marcelo is not included in Brazil squad for Copa America 2021.