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Real Madrid will not suffer without David De Gea

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In the aftermath of the David de Gea debacle a lot of questions have been raised about Real Madrid's goalkeeper situation.

Going into the summer it was the one position Madrid really had to shore up. Iker Casillas' days were done and very few people within the club trusted Keylor Navas with starting role.

Fast-forward to August 29 and Navas had the number one shirt all to himself. After becoming the first choice during pre-season, Navas made some excellent saves against Sporting Gijon and Real Betis including a penalty save that won the plaudits of the Bernabeu. Just as he had settled, David de Gea re-entered the picture.

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If you are feeling sorry for Keylor Navas you may want to spare a thought for Kiko Casilla. Brought in from Espanyol as a backup to Navas he almost became the third choice. A position where he would of been seriously considering his future.

And yet now he is right back in the picture. It was a day filled with upheaval for all three goalkeepers. Now that the dust has settled we can analyse if Navas can be the man at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Navas is not the most imposing of figures, however he possess lightning quick reflexes and the agility of a cat. He is as fine a shot stopper as one could hope for. The downside to Navas is his presence in the box.

His slight frame makes it difficult for him to command the area. Therefore he often struggles when coming for crosses or challenging strikers on long passes.

Luckily Real Madrid have a man that can make up for the those shortfalls; Kiko Casilla. Casilla is an imposing goalkeeper who towers over opposition forwards. He is excellent at catching and punching crosses. His reflexes aren't as sharp as Navas' but he offers something entirely different.

Between these two Real Madrid have more than enough the cover their goal. Navas will be the recognised number one but Casilla can be used against teams that cross frequently or ones that are dominant in the air. 

Although De Gea is the best keeper of the three, Madridista's should not worry. Keylor Navas has proved himself and will can continue to win over the fans. Even if he should fail there is a ready, waiting and able backup.

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