Real Madrid: Iker Casillas or Diego Lopez?

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It would certainly be a boost to Real Madrid if Iker Casillas can hit top form before the Champions League semi-finals.

The Spain and Real Madrid captain, and arguably the best goalkeeper in world football at the moment, Casillas has been cleared to play football and has started training with the club.

According to Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka, Casillas is looking good in training but the team have decided to keep him to the sidelines until he can give 100% in the games.

Casillas suffered a fracture on his left hand in January, which forced Real Madrid to sign Diego Lopez from Sevilla as a replacement. Despite the pressure of playing for one of the best clubs in the world Lopez showed guts and gave some important performances, including in the Champions League round of 16 tie against Manchester United, against who he made some spectacular saves.

The good show by Lopez might be the reason why Jose Mourinho is reluctant to introduce Casillas into the starting line-up, because when things are going right for you there is no reason to change them. There has been much speculation whether Casillas will be restored to the team before the Champions League semi-final against Borussia Dortmund, bearing in mind the media reports of a rather cold relationship between Jose Mourinho and Casillas.

Whatever the case might be, Casillas is undoubtedly one of the most important players for Los Blancos and he is expected to be in perfect shape to get a place in the starting line-up very soon.

The Special One faces a tough decision of either sticking with Lopez, who has been in good form, or go to their number one on account of his vast experience and unrivalled abilities as a stopper.


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