Marcelo: Real Madrid have regained their confidence

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A morale-boosting rout over APOEL Nicosia was lauded by Marcelo as Real Madrid booked their place in the Champions League last-16.

Hitting the Cypriots for six, Los Blancos will finish second in Group H after ending their winless spell with a comfortable victory.

“I’m always happy but tonight I’m happier than usual because we created a lot of opportunities and regained the confidence that we’d lost,” the defender told reporters.”We did a lot of good things; we kept a clean sheet, controlled the whole game, and are happy with the match.

“Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema could prove to be a turning point in their season, with Marcelo recognising that each of his teammates performed well on Tuesday night.

“We don’t think about shutting mouths,” asserted the Brazilian. “We know that several people try to destroy what we’ve done so well.”We try to please our fans with good football and we have to do exceptional things to make people happy.

“It was nice to see everyone play well. It’s been a bad run but we’ve tried to do everything to win.

“The result against Atletico Madrid wasn’t as we wanted, so it’s nice to see everything go well, including Cristiano and Benzema scoring.”

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