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Real Madrid legend tells Iker Casillas to fight for No.1 spot

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Benched: Casillas sits behind Diego Lopez in the pecking order. (©GettyImages)
Benched: Casillas sits behind Diego Lopez in the pecking order. (©GettyImages).

Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos has told Iker Casillas that he shouldn’t be guaranteed a place in the first team after returning from injury. 

Jose Mourinho is facing a dilemma in selecting between two top goalkeepers.

Iker Casillas, the captain of the Spanish capital club, was forced out of action due to an injury in the month of January. Consequentially the Los Blancos signed Diego Lopez as emergency cover.

Whilst covering for the injured Casillas, Lopez has earned a number of plaudits for his impressive displays, creating the question of whether Casillas would automatically return to the first team after recovering.

His most impressive displays came against English giants Manchester United in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League as his spectacular saves denied Manchester United certain goals over the course of two legs.

Now, as Casillas has made a comeback to training and is fit for action, Jose Mourinho has still given the performing Lopez the nod ahead of the Real Madrid captain and this has sparked some controversy.

But former Real Madrid and Brazil star Roberto Carlos has stated that Casillas will have to fight for his place in the team as no one deserves an automatic place in the starting line-up.

Roberto Carlos told Marca: "Iker has always been a starter and I wasn't expecting him to be injured. Neither was I expecting Diego Lopez to return to the club and perform so well.

"Mourinho is his own man, he has his own way of doing things and you have to respect that. 

Now Iker will have to fight for a spot because nowhere in his contract does it say that he will be in the starting XI for the next 40 years."

Casillas’ last match came back on January 23rd, against Valencia in the Copa Del Rey.


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