REAL MADRID | CASILLAS
Sarcastic Iker: "At least I'll get to play the Trofeo Bernabéu"
Spanish TV cameras followed the goalkeeper during the warm-up before the Betis match, after he discovered he wouldn't be playing.
Cameramen for television channel ‘Cuatro’ decided to follow Iker Casillas during the warm up before Real Madrid’s match with Betis yesterday, once the Madrid captain had learned he was going to watch the game from the bench, with Diego López being chosen ahead of him.
Maintaining a serious look at all times, Casillas stretched next to López and Mejías (the third goalkeeper, who did not make the subs’ bench yesterday) by the goal of the Fondo Sur end, where the Ultras Sur are located. The Ultras were Casillas’ most fierce critics last season during his rift with José Mourino, and cheered López while he warmed up.
After stretching it was time to warm up, and the substitute goalkeeper normally takes shots at the starting ‘keeper to warm him up, but on this occasion Mejiás, who watched the game from the stands, assumed this role, while Casillas went towards the middle of the pitch, where the outfield players were warming up.
Once he was there, Juan Canales, the goalkeeping coach, asked Casillas how he was feeling. The captain responded: “Well, at least I’ll be able to play in the Trofeo Bernabéu after all”, referring to the friendly Madrid have scheduled on Thursday against Raul’s Al Sadd.
He was also referring to an incident in 2011, when, after Iker called Xavi in order to lower the tension between Barça and Madrid following the heated Clásicos in the Supercopa de España, Mourinho left him on the bench for the Trofeo Bernabéu against Galatasaray, marking the start of the rupture between the two.