Don't get me wrong, I'm loving Marcos' form right now. I think he's discovered something within him that hasn't been there consistently since Conte's first season, I'm really impressed and plaudits must go to both him and Tuchel.
I am concerned however at his recent stance and comments surrounding not taking the knee. I understand his point of view that it's become part of the furniture and thus the thing you do nowadays before games. I understand how that can be seen as losing a bit of its meaning. I just wish however he'd take a step back and consider the optics.
I do not think for one moment that Marcos is racist however I think he himself needs to recognise what kind of message it sends and what the act of not taking the knee encourages. Already right wing platforms such as Nigel Farage etc have been praising his "act of courage against the woke".
Similarly, Marcos apparently did not inform his teammates before hand that he was not going to take the knee. Now, I don't for one second would like to speculate and put words in people's mouths but surely players like Ruidger who himself has been very vocal about his experience with racism as well as his English teammates and Tammy a couple of years ago, must have interesting opinions on the matter.
He has a right not to take the knee of course, I just personally feel he should reconsider what kind of message it sends.
Just my opinion anyway.