Local bookies and price per head services were very happy to learn that Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti backs Iker Casillas – even though the player did not perform very well for Spain in Brazil’s World Cup.
Pay per head services saw that during the past two seasons, Casillas was second to Diego Lopez a lot of the time, and local bookies believe that a possible rustiness in his game saw the 33-year-old do an unsatisfactory job in the UEFA Champions League before his country took on Netherlands in the World Cup, where the player’s performance was ridden with mistakes.
Real gave Atletico a 4-1 thrashing and many local bookies were delighted to see that they were able to seal a 10th European crown in the process, but the Dutch side were not nearly as nice, as price per head services saw that they ended up beating Spain 5-1.
Spain gave up their world title, leaving the competition in the group stage, but local bookies were thrilled to see that on Tuesday, the goalkeeper was back in action as Real clinched the UEFA Super Cup when they beat Sevilla 2-0.
As Diego Lopez joins the ranks of Milan, Casillas’ new rival to take the number-one spot at the goalpost is Keylor Navas, after his excellent performance for Costa Rica in Brazil that amazed local bookies and pay per head services around the world.
But price per head services found out that this season, Ancelotti won’t take the pair’s form in the close-season into consideration when he chooses his squad, and he did not rule out Casillas again for becoming the team’s first choice.
“What happened in the World Cup is completely forgotten about,” the Italian said.
“It’s the start of a new season. Will he [Casillas] be first choice? We’ll see. Everyone has faith in him.
“There won’t be a fixed starting XI, I will need to rotate the players and use all of them at some point.”
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Local bookies learned that on Tuesday, Real’s Super Cup victory was the player’s 17th major trophy won with the club since the 1998-99 season, when he made his debut for the Spanish giants, and pay per head services are very eager to see how he will continue to perform.