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Iker Casillas—dropped to the bench under Mourinho.
If I were Real Madrid manager for a day, not only would I put an end to the club's pursuit of Bale and swan around in the boardroom, I would also put Diego Lopez in goal.
Due to a spat with Jose Mourinho and a hand injury, Casillas was forced onto the sidelines last season, giving Lopez an extended run in the side.
Lopez deputised so well that he put himself into contention to be Los Blancos' first-choice goalkeeper for 2013/14.
His performances against Manchester United in the Champions League were so good that even Sir Alex Ferguson said he wished Casillas had been in goal, so his side could have won the game. He told Manutd.com:
He wouldn't have saved the shots that the boy Lopez did. Going out to Danny Welbeck in the first half, going down at Robin van Persie’s feet, coming out and whacking Nemanja Vidic in the head... Casillas isn’t that type of goalkeeper and I think Lopez saved them.
But will Lopez get a starting berth this season in La Liga? Probably not.
Despite chalking up more playing time in the team's seven preseason friendlies than Casillas, Lopez will probably be Ancelotti's second-choice for the season-opener against Real Betis.
Casillas, without question, is also a fantastic No. 1. However, at the moment it's his popularity that will see him picked ahead of Lopez.
After last season's Mourinho vs Casillas affair, which swiftly turned into Mourinho vs all-but-Essien-Lopez-and-Modric, one of Ancelotti's easiest moves to get the fans on his side is to field Casillas as keeper and team captain.
However it plays out, Madridistas will be thrilled to have two world-class options between the sticks.