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Casillas snubbed for Mourinho’s final Real Madrid game

Posted on June 01, 2013 by admin

There is little doubt about who will be the happiest person in Spain to see Jose Mourinho leave Real Madrid after the final La Liga game against Osasuna this evening. The Spanish number one and club captain of Madrid will not get a chance to appear in front of the fans at the Bernabeu today, at least until the end of the game, because Mourinho has kept his pettiness going right to the end by dropping Casillas.

The current number one under Mourinhi is Diego Lopez, who was signed from Sevilla in January. Lopez has done well, but he is injured for today’s game. Mourinho, however, has turned to the previous second choice keeper Adan, with Jesus Fernandez on the bench. Mourinho has always claimed that his decision to play Lopez in front of Casillas was purely for footballing reasons, a blatant lie that his latest team sheet proves beyond a doubt.

Casillas can relax about his position next season, though, as he is still the best keeper in the world. The new manager, whoever it is, will be well aware of how much the Madrid fans think of Casillas and will surely want the man widely regarded as the best in the world to be happy and playing regularly.

This fall out between manager and keeper was just one of many disputes this year in the Madrid dressing room. For some reason, though, Mourinho dug his heels in over Casillas. Other problems with Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo, Pepe and others seem to have blown over. Maybe Casillas refused to back down, because he knew that he would be staying at the club while Mourinho was on borrowed time.

There will be a collective sigh of relief at the Bernabeu and all over Spain today when Mourinho’s reign comes to an end. I would not be surprised if the home crowd gives him an unequivocally hostile send off, while Casillas will be cheered to the rafters, just another example of how badly the Portuguese coach judged his actions.

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