Unlike more of the fortunate guys who packed him, i had to shell out a million coins for this one. I had been using Alex Sandro SIF / Headliner and to be honest, this card aroused my curiosity. Was the H/L going to be a problem? In my highly packed Serie A squad, would Sandro's 10 chemistry be better than maximum of 8 chemistry i could achieve with Marcelo in my squad? Read on!
For some reason, this guy is super fast, faster than Sandro even though the stats show otherwise. I use shadow chemistry on both of them. In CB, I have Chielini IF covering them. In my compact 4-4-1-1, i set my fullbacks to "Stay back while attacking". Marcelo has very good dribbling skills so he sometimes wiggle his way out bringing the ball out of defence.
I think as many reviews have said, if you want an attacking minded LB, Marcelo is your top dog. Telles is very decent but let down but his WF (in my opinion) but cheapest of the 3. But if we consider other LBs then people like Jordi Alba or Tagliafico get a decent shout as well
Marcelo's low defensive workrate is a small issue, especially if your opponent is quick at counter attack. if your CBs slip out down that left, it could be costly, Sandro stays at his position and is hardworking.
Marcelo TOTY is double the price of Headliner Sandro (at time of this writing). It's a tough call, Marcelo compensates other traits like passing, stamina at 99, his flair going up. Double edge sword.
My advice is, if you are a very conservative player and defensive minded - Sandro
If you love that adrenaline rush and have some coins to spare, Marcelo gives you that excitement. He sometimes gets out of position, but when he joins your attack, he adds an extra dimension. I also see a lot of pro players play him and other positions where his stats are more appreciated, LM, CM, etc
Good? If you have the coins to spare. if you're putting him at LB, 1 million is a lot. but it's the most highly rated one
- great stamina (99)
- fast and adds genuine attacking flair
- can be a useful card other than LB position
- L defensive workrate sometimes gets in the way if you are defensive minded
- a bit expensive to have an LB worth a million coins