Real Madrid host Athletic Bilbao at midday and the press is dominated this morning by Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to stick with Diego Lopez in goal ahead of Iker Casillas.
Marca and AS both cover this issue throughly after Ancelotti revealed in his press conference on Saturday that Lopez would keep his place.
Looking back at the various keepers Ancelotti has been in charge of in his time as a manager, he tends to choose stoppers who measure over 1 metre 90 centimetres tall. According to Marca, Casillas will find it tough to get his place back in the starting 11 as he is only 1m 85cm compared to Lopez’s 1m 96cm.
AS also looks at the competition for places further up the field and in midfield in particular. The sensationalist paper claims that Isco is grabbing his opportunity with both hands and showing why the club shelled out 27 million euros on him in the summer. Meanwhile, Kaka and Mesut Ozil have to sit on the sidelines and watch unhappily as their playing time is limited.
In terms of transfer news, we await confirmation that Gareth Bale will be the next in the door, although the press are confident the deal will be announced today with the Welshman ungoing a medical tomorrow morning.