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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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James Rodriguez's move to Real Madrid seems all but certain at this point, and the arrival of the Colombian superstar puts Los Blancos in a situation very similar to the Golden days of Los Galacticos. According to BeIN Sports, Rodriguez was spotted in Madrid's Barajas Airport on Sunday, fueling speculation regarding a transfer to the point where it's no longer possible to deny the 2014 World Cup star will be playing in the Spanish capital next season. Rodriguez told ...
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Battle! Barcelona’s 2014/15 XI v Real Madrid’s 2014/15 XI: Ranking The Spanish Giants

Jul 20 2014 1:41am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Which of the two sides is stronger going into next season...? SEE ALSO: The best managers in world football We've gone through the possible starting XIs of both Barcelona and Real Madrid next term, and decided which of the Spanish giants is strongest in each position. Interestingly, five Real Madrid players get our vote, five from Barcelona, and there's one position we simply couldn't split! GK)  Real Madrid: Diego Lopez or Keylor Navas Barcelona: Claudio B ...
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Why Missing out on Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria Would Benefit PSG and Ligue 1

Jul 17 2014 5:20am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

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Paris Saint-Germain’s pursuit of Real Madrid’s Angel di Maria is on the verge of concluding, according to the latest reports coming out of Spain, but the likely result of the Argentine joining the French champions will be that Los Blancos acquire Colombian FIFA World Cup star James Rodriguez from AS Monaco. Per El Confidencial’s Jose Felix Diaz (in Spanish) on Wednesday, Di Maria is set to sign for PSG, despite c ...
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The 11 greatest moments of the 2014 World Cup

Jul 14 2014 9:51am CDT | Source: SBNation

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Eleven of the most notable moments from the World Cup that's just finished. Come and relive the good times and the bad. 1. "Brazil, an intense dream" Hindsight will insist that Brazil were eventually overwhelmed by their own passion; that they allowed a swelling sense of manifest destiny, tinged with tragedy, to override more prosaic concerns like 'defending' and 'passing to each other' and 'not p ...
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Real Madrid’s Phenomenal 2014/15 XI, Now Toni Kroos Has Confirmed Transfer

Jul 14 2014 5:23am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

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Los Blancos set to sign World Cup winner... SEE ALSO: The best managers in world football Toni Kroos, who's just picked up a World Cup winners medal with Germany, has confirmed that he's set to join Real Madrid from Bayern Munich this summer - and their potential side for 2014/15 with the midfielder included is exceptional. Here's how he might slot into the XI. GK) Diego Lopez Lopez started in Real's La Liga fix ...
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World Cup awards 2014: Lionel Messi and a lot of Germans

Jul 13 2014 10:09am CDT | Source: SBNation

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We're expecting to see Argentina and Germany dominate the awards after getting to the final. The Netherlands are probably going to get seriously snubbed. A number of awards are going to be handed out after the World Cup final concludes, and finalists have already been named for all of the individual ones. Ahead of the final, here's everything you need to know about who might win each award. Golden Ball This is the award given to the best player in the tournamen ...
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