The Straits Times
Published on Dec 24, 2012

Axed Casillas vows to prove Mourinho wrong


MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas vowed Sunday to prove Jose Mourinho was wrong to drop him from the Real Madrid starting line-up for the first time in 10 years.

World Cup winner Casillas was benched for Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Malaga with 25-year-old understudy Antonio Adan stepping into the breach.

"I'm not used to being a backup, but above all I am a team player. The thing to do is to keep training and try to regain my place," Casillas told La Sexta television.

"Mourinho didn't say anything during the week, but we abide by the decision of the coach. I am feeling good, but the one who decides is the coach and I have to keep training to regain his confidence. We have a healthy competition for all the places."