Madrid Press: Iker Casillas to play first La Liga game since 2013

Madrid Press: Iker Casillas to play first La Liga game since 2013


Real Madrid are back in action tomorrow evening at Valladolid looking to add some pressure on Atletico de Madrid before the last two games of the season.

There Madrid press is slowly building up to that match, although the front pages of Marca and AS cover the the news that Barcelona have held meetings with Celta Vigo boss Luis Enrique about becoming their new manager at the end of the campaign.

Iker Casillas is set to play in goal tomorrow night, an AS looks in detail at the World Cup winner’s record and what could have been. The game will be his first start in La Liga since January 20 2013, 17 months ago. That was against Valencia, a game which Los Blancos won 5-0.

Since then, Casillas mas missed 51 La Liga games. If he had played them all, he would now have played 726 matches and would be second only to Raul in the total number of appearances made for the club. This season, Casillas has featured in 21 matches – nine in the Copa del Rey and 12 in the Champions League. He has conceded just nine goals, at one every 201 minutes.

Elsewhere, Malaga could be set for a windfall should Real Madrid win La Liga and the Champions League. As part of the deal to bring Isco to the Santiago Bernabeu, Los Blancos will pay one million euros should they win La Liga in the next five seasons, and another million for winning the Champions League over the same time period.