Real Madrid: Iker Casillas Watches from Bench as Los Blancos Lose Again (Video)

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video must be worth 10 times as many.

Real Madrid lost again Saturday, and defeat wasn't the only storyline surrounding the defending La Liga champions. Manager Jose Mourinho benched No. 1 keeper Iker Casillas, and his replacement, Antonio Adán, conceded three times in a 3-2 loss at Málaga.

This latest loss—Real Madrid's fourth of the league campaign already—leaves Mourinho's men 16 points behind leaders and rivals Barcelona. Naturally, much of the dialog after the match revolved around Mourinho's decision to drop Casillas from his starting XI.

Here's Mourinho's explanation from his post-match press conference (via RealMadrid.com):

It’s a technical decision, by the coach, who analyses the situation and the players he has for selection and chooses the team. A technical decision that you can use to invent the stories you want, but it is only a technical decision.

In other words, Mourinho benched Casillas because of Casillas' recent form. Or something.

Mourinho was also quick to point out that it was his decision—and his alone:

It’s my opinion but it is the opinion that matters. It’s the coach that makes the decision and as I only have the valid opinions of my assistants, that’s how we decided it. And I don’t think it’s a story given the way the game was played.

Almost inevitably, the decision and the defeat have brought about renewed speculation that Mourinho could lose his job over the winter break. The Guardian published a blog piece Sunday with the direct title "Will José Mourinho still be at Real Madrid for the Manchester United tie?"

We have several weeks to speculate about that Champions League matchup. For now, we can marvel at Casillas' reaction to Málaga's first goal Saturday.

The reaction appears in the video above and serves as our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Sunday. Enjoy—and then have at it in the comments.

Is this the end for Mou at Madrid?

(h/t: 101 Great Goals)

 

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