Too early to think about changes, says Iker Casillas

Too early to think about changes, says Iker Casillas


Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas says it is too early for the national side to make changes after their shock early exit from the World Cup.

Spain lost 2-0 to Chile on Wednesday night, which, coupled with the 5-1 loss to Holland on Friday, meant they will head home early with Australia rather than take their place in the last 16.

There has been much talk in the hours following the loss about the end of an era for the Spanish side, and changes having to be made. The squad has been largely unchanged for the last few years but now questions are being asked.

Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, all key players to have helped Spain win Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, as well as the World Cup in 2010, are all into their 30s now and reaching the twilight of their careers.

But Casillas said nothing drastic should be done in the wake of the exit.

“If in a World Cup you lose the first two matches it explains everything. We ask for people’s forgiveness, though hopefully they know that we did everything possible to make them happy again. But it wasn’t to be,” he stated.

And he added: “We are the first people responsible and we are very hurt. It’s been a tough blow and we need to take it. I don’t think we need to talk about that. This is not the day to start blaming people and discussing whether to change or not change.

“There are some players who are over 30, the coach will make his decisions and we will respect them.”