Guti on Casillas

27 Sep

706I mentioned Guti in the previous Chicharito post, and then I happened across an interview he did on El Chiringuito September 16 where he talked about Iker and the whistling incidents.

Here is what he had to say on the matter (translation by RavenSub):

It’s unnecessary. What the team needs to hear is applause not whistles. You can voice your discontent during training or when you see them out on the street but during a game you need to support the team or you’re not a real Madridista.

Q: Why are fans unhappy?

Because of the way things have started off. Because of transfer choices; new players who perhaps aren’t at the level that people expected them to be. I think it’s a mix of everything.

To have Real Madrid, a team who won La Decima, lose the Supercopa to Atletico and then continue on losing is hard to accept. The fans are understandably upset but anger is no excuse for whistling at players during a game.

Q: Iker being whistled, do you understand it?

No, I don’t but unfortunately I don’t think it’s going to stop. When he fails, they will whistle. When he makes a save, they will whistle while others clap.

It’s an uncomfortable situation for any player to be in but especially a captain who has done everything possible for Real Madrid. This won’t end well.

Q: I don’t understand that last part.

That this won’t end well? Sooner or later Iker will leave. If things continue like this, he’ll be gone by the end of the season. Not because he wants to leave but because he’s too uncomfortable to stay. As a 15 year veteran and captain, it must be hard for him to comprehend how a part of the fanbase can whistle at him in Bernabeu.

I think Iker has to show day by day that he deserves to be a starter. He’s already demonstrated that he’s a Madridista, that he loves Real Madrid, and that above all he wants the team to win. He makes mistakes, just like everyone else, but the thing is that right now he’s at the center of all that criticism and I don’t think it’s fair. The problem lies with the team not Iker. For him to be blamed for the loss against Atletico is incomprehensible. I imagine he’s at home thinking that maybe he would be better off playing for another team.

Q: Are they whistling at him because they think he’s playing badly or are there other reasons?

They’re whistling because of the mole situation. They’re still holding on to the belief that he was an informant. I don’t think they’re whistling because of the way he’s playing right now. That’s the truth.

Q: Do you think he should have left at the end of last season?

I do. It’s not an easy decision to make but if I were in his shoes, I would have left. He’s already given everything he could for this shirt. I’ve said this before but people get tired of seeing the same goalkeeper year after year. And more so now that they have Keylor Navas. He showed great skill during the World Cup and the people are eager to see him play.

So, people get tired of seeing the same goalkeeper year after year, do they? What about the same defenders or forwards or midfielders? Wonder if he thinks people get tired of them as well, or if his judgement is reserved just to goalkeepers.

I admit, there are players I get tired of (Cris is currently one of them) but not a goalkeeper. I could watch Buffon play for another decade, easily. And while I enjoy Navas, I don’t want him to start because people are tired of Casillas. I want him to start because he’s the best choice for a game. But, to each their own.


4 Responses to “Guti on Casillas”

  1. mygypsyspirit September 28, 2014 at 12:47 am #

    I don’t get tired of players so much as I get tired of their hype. I am a bit tired of Cris’s hype, I’ll admit that. I still love him, however.

  2. M September 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    I winced when I read this. I feel so bad for poor Iker. He will always be San Iker to me.

  3. Dia September 29, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    I’m blanking on the “mole” situation. What happened?

    Still love Guti, but that haircut 😦 No, Guti, just no.

  4. laneymacd1 October 1, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

    I’m not tired of any of the players because they continue to play and as long as we all keep supporting them the longer they will play to play and to show is that they are still one of the best clubs in the world. As a goalkeeper we have the most stress on us because we make one small mistake and it could cost us the game. I know how that feels and it sucks, but at least his team supports him and doesn’t make him feel bad.

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