Vicente Del Bosque defends giving goalkeeping role to Iker Casillas
Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque claims he is not favoring the Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas. The Spanish boss insists he is not biased towards choosing Iker Casillas for the goalkeeping job at Spain.
Iker Casillas has returned to action for Spain, although he has failed to appear in a competitive game since January. The world class shot-stopper fell out of favor in the eyes of then Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho after a locker-room bust-up.
Consequently, Jose Mourinho benched Iker Casillas by signing in a new goalkeeper, Diego Lopez. The Portuguese boss excused the Spaniard’s demotion by suggesting he had grown out of form. Later, Jose Mourinho admitted he didn’t field the Real Madrid skipper because of a quandary between them.
In spite of failing to play in competitive matches with Real Madrid, Vicente Del Bosque is confident of putting Iker Casillas in between the sticks. The veteran has bounced back into form to become the top choice goalkeeper for Spain during the Confederations Cup.
Vicente Del Bosque insists his decision to play Iker Casillas ahead of Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina has nothing to do with the situation at Real Madrid.
“There is no favoritism towards Casillas,” Vicente Del Bosque told Radio Marca. “We took many things into account when deciding and certain details made us feel inclined to start him.
“People keep saying that it as if I owe Iker something, but sporting questions always come before personal ones. I want to isolate myself from the clubs. A lot has been made of this particular case, but no-one can doubt that Casillas has played many games for Spain.
“He deserves to be respected. A young lad that came through the ranks at Real Madrid deserves to be loved, even with the defects he has.”
Vicente Del Bosque also revealed that no members of Spain’s victorious Under-21 side will be drafted into the Spanish national team simply because of success in the European Under-21 Championship.
“We discussed bringing them to the Confederations Cup but we have some very good players ahead of them, as was proved against Uruguay,” Vicente Del Bosque said.
“We don't have to renew our squad for the sake of it. They (the Under-21 players) have to put a lot of pressure on us because we have a stable squad. We have some brilliant players on our substitutes' bench.”