In the years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Iker Casillas was crowned World’s Best Goalkeeper. Since then “San Iker” is frequently missing in the lists for the best keeper in the world.
Another low point was experienced by Spain’s number one on Friday when he got poured by the Dutch, five Goals, own mistakes included. In return, Casillas now apologized: “It was not my best game, I was not up to par, so I must live with it.”
He also knows that criticism will now rain down on him, “but first of all I must apologize for the game that we all had and how I delivered in particular”.
He received little backing now of Portugal’s goalkeeper Eduardo: “Everyone has bad days, but no one can doubt his skills, he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and I’m sure he’ll get over it..” Also, Spain manager Vicente del Bosque defended him on Saturday as the inquest into the World Cup holders’ 5-1 drubbing by the Netherlands continued.
Ramos also backed Casillas to bounce back as Spain hope to rescue their campaign in their two remaining group games. “The pressure and all the bad things fall even more on the players that have played the longest. I feel the same and we have to accept it. Iker isn’t happy, just like the rest of us, but he is motivated and convinced that we can keep going in this tournament. When you lack that extra motivation or luck these things can happen, like in the second-half.”
I wish “San Iker” comes back to his form for the next match, else it will be a very bad world cup for the champions.