World Cup 2014: Changing Goalkeepers Would Be Careless For Spain

By Ryan Ratty
Iker Casillas
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Despite being beaten pretty badly by Netherlands in their first game of the 2014 World Cup, the Spain national team needs to know that Iker Casillas is their best option moving forward. Arjen Robben made Casillas looked foolish, but Casillas is a professional and he is one of the most experienced goalkeepers in all of the World Cup.

Although Casillas doesn’t start with Real Madrid, Casillas is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and that will be the reason why he starts the rest of the way over Liverpool‘s Pepe Reina and Manchester United‘s David De Gea. Many will knock on Casillas because he is 33 years old, but that is his calling card for why he is playing in the World Cup.

Casillas has already taken full initiative of his matchup today. He says, “I wasn’t at the level I needed to be. I have to accept all criticism.”

Vicente del Bosque has a tough decision ahead of him, but the smart decision is to keep the veteran behind the net and move forward. There were many defensive mistakes and the offense looked stagnant too. Spain has been an international powerhouse for too long and the talent is there for this team to make it to the 16-game tournament in two weeks.

Instead of sulking on the loss, the Spanish need to accept their defeat and get ready for their next opponent, which is Chile. Despite a less-than-inspiring match against Australia, Chile is a solid team led by Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez, and the duo could pose a huge threat to Spain. Basically, Spain is facing a must-win matchup against the Chileans.

Like it or not, Casillas is a good goalkeeper. He has won it all before and with a better defensive plan, Casillas and Spain will get themselves back in shape before it’s too late.

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