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Carlo Ancelotti makes his decision over Real Madrid's goalkeeper

Did Real Madrid sign Keylor Navas to be Casillas' backup?

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Carlo Ancelotti announced during the post-match press conference that he has made his decision about who will be Real Madrid's starting goalkeeper this season. Still, when asked to reveal the name of his chosen one, Ancelotti didn't want to play the game and decided not to speak more about this crucial decision.

It's true. Atlético de Madrid's goal should not be entirely on Iker Casillas. The man covering Real Madrid's near post failed at clearing the danger and Raúl García was left alone inside the six-yard box. That's all true. With a better defending, Real Madrid wouldn't have conceded the equalizer and everything would be much easier for the second leg at the Vicente Calderón. But some of the world's greatest goalkeepers would have dominated that situation, as they are specialists when the ball is in the air. That has been Casillas' Achilles' heel throughout his whole career. It's hard to imagine Thibaut Courtois, Peter Cech or Gianluigi Buffon conceding that goal, and that's why starting Casillas against an Atlético de Madrid side that rely so heavily on set pieces was a controversial decision.

Iker Casillas was reprieved of Atlético's equalizer by the vast majority of the post-match comments on our match recap, and yet the discussion over that play was kept alive everywhere else, even in the Santiago Bernabéu press room. As a matter of fact, around 60% of the voters in this poll by El Mundo believe that this was a mistake by Iker Casillas. Ancelotti himself didn't think the blame should lay on Casillas, and he's probably going to name him the starter. Real Madrid spent €10 million to sign Keylor Navas, and the Costa Rican was arguably one of the best goalkeepers during the recent 2014 FIFA World Cup. Will he be just Casillas' backup?

Every Real Madrid fan will likely have an answer to that question really soon.

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