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Madrid Boss Carlo Ancelotti To Only Play Iker Casillas In the Champions League This Season

by Bernard Thompson

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Spain legend has not featured for los Blanos in La Liga so far this campaign. 

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New Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has decided to use two different goalkeepers this season, one in La Liga and one in the Uefa Champions League, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

The Italian has come under fierce criticism since replacing previous manager Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this summer for not starting with club captain Iker Casillas in goal for los Blancos in their opening league fixtures of the new season.

So far, Ancelotti has gone with the less experienced Spaniard Diego Lopez between the sticks for the Liga giants in their first three league encounters, all of which ended in victories for Madrid, while Casillas has been on the bench.

The experienced Spain international was also dropped from the Real starting lineup by Mourinho last December, with the 32-year-old failing to win his first-team place back for the rest of last season with Lopez remaining as the club’s No 1.

However, to keep Casillas happy and prevent the shot stopper from seeking a move away from the Spanish capital in the January transfer window, Ancelotti now intends to utilise the skipper of La Roja in the club’s Champions League matches, while Lopez will carry on playing in La Liga.

“I spoke to him prior to the first (Liga) match and I want to do so again in the coming days to explain the situation,” Ancelotti said prior to Sunday’s game against Athletic Bilbao.

“Iker hasn’t talked to us about leaving. I don’t think he’s going to leave. We need two very good goalkeepers for this season. Diego’s playing at this time, but I’m sure that Casillas will have a chance to play this season.”

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