Real 'damaged' admits Marcelo
Marcelo says Real Madrid have been 'really damaged' by their struggles this season following Sunday's 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao.
Los Blancos failed to find a way through in the first half but Frenchman Karim Benzema grabbed three second-half goals to secure the win.
Marcelo admits Real have been 'damaged' by their failures this season - as the Madrid side were unable to mount a serious La Liga challenge and were knocked out of the Champions league in the last 16 by Ajax.
The Brazil international says his side have to continue to put in performances in their remaining games despite the fact silverware is now out of reach, and praised Benzema after his three-goal haul.
He told La Liga TV: "We know it's been a difficult season – we're really, really damaged by what's happened this season, but we have to keep going forward.
"All the players who play for Real Madrid, all the players who don't play, we all have to do everything for the badge of Real Madrid."
He added: "We all know that Karim has got so much quality. What he brings to the club, scoring goals or not, he's one of the leaders of this team and the truth is I'm very happy for him to score the hat-trick. But he'll be happier with the win than with the hat-trick."
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