English

english

as de espadas
torero con estoque

REAL MADRID

Valdano: "Mou was showing his power by dropping Casillas"

"He was wielding his authority on a club legend," added the Argentine. Madrid president Florentino Pérez seemed very surprised by the decision and refused to comment on it.

As.com

Valdano: "Mou was showing his power by dropping Casillas"

Former Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano believes José Mourinho's decision to drop Iker Casillas for the game against Málaga was "a profound punishment".

"Mourinho has a peculiar relationship with his squad but this is really upping the stakes," the Argentine told radio station 'Cadena SER'.

"This was a show of power, he was wielding his authority on a club legend," he added.

"I imagine it was a technical decision, that he trusted a lot in Adán's ability, because it doesn't make sense to bring disciplinary decisions into the starting line-up. If you do that, you punish the team. It was a big decision and I imagine he had thought about it for a long time, even though I don't know the true reasons behind it."

Meanwhile, television channel 'Canal +' caught Florentino Pérez's reaction to the decision on camera. Presenter Monica Marchante showed the Madrid president the starting line-up on her phone, and Pérez looked shocked when he saw Casillas's name was missing.

He lifted his glasses to read the team sheet again and again and had a bemused look on his face, as if he had had no idea that Mourinho was going to drop the Madrid captain. He refused to comment on the matter.

Estadísticas AS.com