FOR over 10 years, Iker Casillas, goalkeeper for Real Madrid, has been Spain’s number one.
After Spain were eliminated after the second game in the World Cup and Casillas displayed some let downs in the summer, with a very unstable form from the beginning of the current campaign, it seems Casillas is no longer the go to guy.
Bosque’s bid for a fresh start following the shambles in Brazil means he is bringing in fresh faces and depending on the youngest members of the team, bringing Athletic Bilbao Mikel San Jose and Valencia striker Paco Alcacer.
In his pre-match press conference, Del Bosque confirmed Iker Casillas will start in goal, in the game againt Macedonia before commenting on Paco Alcacer.
“Casillas will start against Macedonia.”
“Alcácer is comfortable, we try to make everyone feel good because that helps us and yes, he’s going to play.”
Del Bosque then went on to tackle the issues the team has been having, from the poor performances in the World Cup to the lack of shots on goal against France.
“We need to forget our poor performances in the World Cup and shake the uncertainties that we have, which isn’t good in football or any sport.”
Del Bosque concluded by discussing the match against Macedonia and the fans support in Levante’s Ciutat de Valencia.
“Errors are key in this competition, we don’t want to underestimate Macedonia. They haven’t won a lot, but no one has scored all that much, they’ve always lost because of a lack of goals.
Iker Casillas will be wearing the Captain’s band, as he returns to the stadium that saw him wear the band for the first time, and here he will try and regain confidence in himself and be the unbeatable goalie he used to be.
Kick-off is tonight at 8.45 pm.