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Lopez set to keep Casillas out

27 August 2013 09:48

Diego Lopez looks set to remain as Real Madrid's first-choice goalkeeper after impressing Carlo Ancelotti in their opening two Liga games.

The 31-year-old, who rejoined Real in January following an injury to Iker Casillas, kept a clean sheet in Monday's 1-0 win at Granada as Ancelotti's side followed the likes of arch-rivals Barcelona by collecting maximum points from the start to the season.

Despite making a full recovery from a hand problem, Casillas has not featured in a competitive game for Real since the end of January, prompting speculation regarding his future and reports he is a transfer target for Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.

Ancelotti is happy for Lopez to continue in the side as Real prepare to face Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

"Diego played the first match (a 2-1 win over Real Betis), Diego played the second. He is playing well at the moment and that's it," said Ancelotti.

Leaving a player as experienced as Spain captain Casillas – who has won the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship, UEFA Champions League twice and the La Liga title five times – on the bench arguably puts Ancelotti under extra scrutiny following his arrival at the Bernabeu.

Not that the former Milan, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain manager is concerned by being in the spotlight.

He added: "I am not crazy, never crazy.

"The pressure is something normal when you are a coach I have experience and to me the pressure is like petrol.

"For doing our job we need petrol. The pressure for me is energy."


Karim Benzema's second goal of the season earned Real victory over Granada, and Ancelotti admitted it was a nervy evening.

He said: "We couldn’t score the second goal in the first half and after when the result is just 1-0 is not easy to control the match.

"It's normal to suffer at the end. The important thing is the result, which is good.

"I think as well our way of playing was good at high level pace. The team were compact and our defence played well. They tried their best and I am really happy."

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Competition
Primera División
Date
26 August 2013
Game week
2
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 1
Venue
Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes (Granada)
Attendance
16626

Goals

0 - 1
10' K. Benzema
 (assist by Cristiano Ronaldo)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
15
16
2
5 85'
8
18 79'
10 85'
11
20 55'
9
Coach: Lucas Alcaraz
# Player Bookings
25
4
3 36'
17
12 38'
19
10
22
23
7
9 10'
Coach: C. Ancelotti

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
21
4
12
1
27
24
28
# Player Bookings
18
16
15
1
8
21
20

Monday 1 September

13:14
13:09
12:57
12:50
12:06
11:58
11:39
11:07
10:57
10:50
10:22
10:16
09:26
09:19
07:47
06:50
06:48
06:01
05:35
04:55
04:51
04:00
03:56
03:53
02:58
02:45
02:27
02:27
02:00
01:06
00:25
00:17
00:14
00:03

Sunday 31 August

23:49
23:32
23:32
23:25
23:24
23:03
22:59
22:52
22:45
22:21
21:57
21:31
20:59
20:14
20:06
20:04
20:00
19:31
18:54
18:42
18:36
18:27
18:18
18:12
18:00
17:56
17:36
17:31
17:10
17:05
17:03
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16:51
16:41
16:26
16:26
15:47
14:32
14:02
13:37
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13:03
11:44
11:38
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09:14
07:26
06:56
05:50
05:07
04:11
04:02
02:52
01:43
00:55
00:45
00:11

Saturday 30 August

23:42
23:26
23:19
23:16
23:06
22:57
22:51
22:51
22:33
22:23
22:02
21:39
21:21
21:19
21:17
21:02
20:55
20:42
20:41
20:41
20:34
20:15
20:14
20:14
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19:59
19:53
19:48
19:42
19:20
19:17
19:01
18:36
18:16
18:01
18:00
17:55
17:53
17:42
17:20
17:11
16:30
16:22
16:20
16:18
16:09
15:59
15:45
15:39
15:20
12:51
12:35
12:24
12:03
11:03
11:02
10:12
06:42
05:53
02:54
02:42
02:39
01:22

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
8 2 +1 3
9 2 +1 3
10 2 +0 3
11 2 +0 3
12 2 -1 3

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