Jose Mourinho defends dropping Iker Casillas after Real Madrid defeat

I'm OK about axing Casillas, insists Mourinho after latest Real Madrid setback



23:07 GMT, 23 December 2012

Jose Mourinho has returned to Portugal for Christmas, insisting he has no regrets about dropping Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas for Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Malaga.

Real, who face Manchester United in the Champions League last 16, are third in La Liga, 16 points adrift of leaders Barcelona after 17 games.

There were suggestions Mourinho could be fired, but Real's reluctance to pay huge compensation means that is unlikely, and he was calm as he headed home to spend time with his family.

Real Madrid's goalkeeper Iker Casillas sits on the bench

Gamble: Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas was dropped on Saturday night

Real Madrid's goalkeeper Iker Casillas

'I have a clear conscience about
dropping Iker Casillas,' he said. 'I try to do the best for the team in
each match. It's good to lose to understand what others go through.
Neither before, during or after the game have I thought about resigning.
I don't fear for my position. This is football.

'At the moment, for me and my coaching staff, (Antonio) Adan is better than Iker.' Casillas last night backed his coach, saying:

'Real Madrid is more important than
me or any player. I respect Jose Mourinho's decision and I will carry on
training hard to win back my place. Mourinho hasn't given an
explanation but he doesn't when you play either.'

Not impressed: Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho

Not listening: Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho