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Future looks bleak for Casillas as Ancelotti makes his choice

Aug 27 2013, 4:24am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 27 (IANS) The debate is well and truly open in Real Madrid but coach Carlo Ancelotti has no doubts over who, for the moment, is its first choice goalkeeper.

Madrid, Aug 27 — The debate is well and truly open in Real Madrid but coach Carlo Ancelotti has no doubts over who, for the moment, is its first choice goalkeeper. One of Jose Mourinho's most...

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Future looks bleak for Casillas as Ancelotti makes his choice

Aug 27 2013, 4:24am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 27 (IANS) The debate is well and truly open in Real Madrid but coach Carlo Ancelotti has no doubts over who, for the moment, is its first choice goalkeeper.

Madrid, Aug 27 — The debate is well and truly open in Real Madrid but coach Carlo Ancelotti has no doubts over who, for the moment, is its first choice goalkeeper.

One of Jose Mourinho's most controversial decisions during his three years at the club was to sit Iker Casillas on the subs' bench after he recovered from a broken hand bone which he suffered in January, reports Xinhua.

In Mourinho's case it could well have been personal given that Casillas was one of the strongest voices in the Madrid dressing room. Their relationship was poor and did not help when Casillas' reporter girlfriend, Sara Carbonara, revealed there were divisions among players and coach.

Mourinho would only say that he thought Diego Lopez, who returned to the club from Sevilla when Casillas suffered his injury, was a better keeper.

With Mourinho's departure and the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti most believed that the river would return to its usual course and Casillas, who is after all the captain of the Spanish national side, would return in goal and over the pre-season Ancelotti gave nothing away as both keepers shared minutes in the warm-up friendlies.

However, he shocked everyone when Lopez started in the opening league match of the season which Madrid won 2-1 at home to Betis. An unhappy looking Casillas had commented that at least he would play in the Bernabeu Trophy friendly game last Thursday.

That was indeed the case and he was received by rapturous applause from the fans who, meanwhile, booed Lopez as he warmed up on the sidelines - something which is hard to understand and reflects badly on those who did so.

Monday night saw Madrid play in Granada and many predicted Casillas would return in goal. It was not to be and Lopez not only took his place between the posts but performed exceptionally well as Madrid won 1-0.

Asked about his decision, Ancelotti had little to offer by way of explanation but what he said will not give Casillas hope for the near future.

"Diego Lopez has played in the first and the second game and for the moment he has played well. That is all," said the Italian, implying there will be no change to the thinking which sees him prefer Lopez's height and ability to dominate his penalty area on high balls to Casillas' speed and slightly sharper reflexes.

They are both fine keepers but slightly different and for the moment Casillas is the loser. But there is another problem to bear in mind.

Casillas is a Spain international, the captain of his country and this is a World Cup season, which will end with the Spanish defending their world title in Brazil. If Casillas is rooted on the Madrid subs' bench it will be hard for Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, despite Del Bosque being a stout defender of Casillas, to pick him first choice next summer.

So where does that leave Casillas with a week remaining in the transfer market? There are rumours of interest from English clubs. Could he take the decision to leave his beloved Real Madrid to ensure first team football elsewhere?

Time will tell but one thing is certain, Ancelotti has shown by his brave decision that he is a man of his own opinions and that nobody deserves to play first choice by right.

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Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Final score 1-1, Raúl García scores a late away goal for Atléti

Aug 19 2014 5:55pm CDT | Source: SBNation

James Rodriguez scored late to give Real Madrid a lead, but Raúl García answered to give Atléti a draw and an away goal. James Rodriguez scored a deflected goal from short range to give Real Madrid a lead in the final ten minutes, but Atlético Madrid's Raúl García answered with two minutes left to earn a draw for the visitors. The two teams will meet again on Friday at the Vincente Calderon in the second leg of the SpanishSuper Cup. Thanks to García's late g ...
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s presser: All about Thibault Courtois v Petr Cech [Video]

Aug 15 2014 3:15pm CDT | Source: 101 great goals

The press are becoming a bit obsessive with the Chelsea goalkeeping situation.With Thibaut Courtois coming back to his parent club this summer after 3 years out on loan at Atletico, the Number 1 spot - owned by Petr Cech for a decade –  is now up for grabs.Mourinho has favoured Courtois in pre-season, though he’s kept tight-lipped about who will start between the nets when the real business starts, tomorrow against Bu ...
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New AC Milan keeper Diego Lopez writes open letter thanking Real Madrid fans & teammates

Aug 14 2014 1:36pm CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Keylore Navas’ arrival at Real Madrid left the European champions with three top goalkeepers; too much for any club let alone one of Madrid’s standing.Something had to give, and Diego Lopez proved to be the fall guy, transferring to AC Milan.But the Galician keeper leaves with no biterness, and seems genuinely grateful just to have been given the honour of playing for Real Madrid, which is really the only natural cons ...
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Diego Lopez Writes Heartfelt Letter to Real Madrid Fans After Leaving for Milan

Aug 14 2014 6:36am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Diego Lopez's move to AC Milan marked the end of an eventful stint in La Liga, and the former Real Madrid goalkeeper has penned a heartfelt and emotional open letter to the club and their fans after moving on. Lopez, who famously ousted club legend Iker Casillas and performed creditably under Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, began his career at Real Madrid, only to be sold in 2007. His return marked the fulfilment of a dream, and his letter ...
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£382m: Real Madrid Select the Most Expensive XI In Football History

Aug 13 2014 10:37am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

The starting eleven selected by Carlo Ancelotti for last night's Super Cup clash with Sevilla turned out to represent the most expensive in the history of the game, we take a closer look at the record breaking XI. Check in to Real Madrid vs Cordoba Iker Casillas - Zero The one member of the XI who didn't cost a penny and this was indeed something of a rare outing for the hugely experienced keeper. The Sp ...
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Ronaldo’s brace clinches Super Cup for Madrid

Aug 12 2014 3:53pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CARDIFF — Moving on from a frustrating World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo began the new season as the last one ended for Real Madrid — with goals and a trophy. The Portugal forward netted both goals as the European champions convincingly overcame Europa League winner Sevilla with a 2-0 victory to collect the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday. Ronaldo swept the ball in at the far post in the 30th minute after racing onto Gareth Bale’s cross, and the world player of the year powered in ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo 2 – Sevilla 0: Best Tweets as Real Madrid win the Super Cup

Aug 12 2014 3:40pm CDT | Source: 101 great goals

RMA 2-0 SEV (51') – Cristiano (70) is now tied for second with Inzaghi on the all time scoring list in European competition— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping) August 12, 2014In the end it was Cristiano Ronaldo’s night.Gareth Bale was billed as the star of the show in Cardiff and whilst the Welsh flyer provided a glorious cross for the first Real Madrid goal, it was all about Ronaldo.The Portuguese star took hold of the match a ...
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Carlo Ancelotti makes 1-man wall at Real Madrid training, Sergio Ramos hit him square in chest! [Video]

Aug 12 2014 3:34pm CDT | Source: 101 great goals

With Toni Kroos, Ramos, and Xabi Alonso having brought their shooting boots to training, Iker Casillas was left flapping at thin air during a shooting drill.Seeing his keeper at an unfair disadvantage, coach Carlo Ancelotti had the bright idea to make a 1-man wall between the keeper and shooters, to see if they could get it over or around him.But Ancelotti hadn’t counted on the presence of Sergio Ramos, who hit him square in the chest with ...
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Real Madrid Predicted XI V Sevilla In Super Cup, With James Rodriguez & Toni Kroos

Aug 12 2014 9:13am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Here's the side that could take the field verses Sevilla this Tuesday evening... SEE MORE: Shocking Alan Brazil comments on Robin Williams' suicide Spanish publication MARCA have hinted that Real Madrid may put out this strong side tonight, to maximise new superstar signing James Rodriguez. GK) Iker Casillas The legendary 'keeper is set to be given the starting spot tonight, as it's a cup match and not a league one, whereas new signing Keylor Navas ...
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Diego Lopez and Pablo Armero Undergo AC Milan Medicals Ahead of Dual Transfer

Aug 12 2014 4:52am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Diego Lopez and Pablo Armero are on the verge of becoming AC Milan players after the pair headed to Italy for their medicals. Milan's summer of strengthening continues with the two likely signings who can make a real difference to the Rossoneri's defensive frailties. Milan's official Twitter account posted an image of the duo as the medical process began: Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio expects Lopez to sign on a three-year deal. He was deemed surplus to ...
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