Lopez: I respect the Coach

Diego Lopez has insisted he has no complaint over Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to bring Iker Casillas back into Real Madrid’s League XI.

Lopez has been Madrid’s League goalkeeper, with Casillas taking the gloves for the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, but Ancelotti confirmed last week that Casillas would feature in the final League games of the season with the Champions League final in mind.

Speaking after Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Valencia, in which he played, Lopez said that if Ancelotti wants to rotate the goalkeepers, he’s in the position to decide.

“I will always respect the decisions of the Coach. We’ve a lot to play for in the League but also the Champions League,” Lopez said.

“I understand the decision because Iker has to have games. Most important is that Iker reaches the fantastic final on May 24, that we win and that we win these games and be champions of the League.

“I don’t know about next season. I have a contract, I feel strong enough to continue and it’s a dream to be here.

“What could happen isn’t up to me but if it was, I’d be here.

“This situation isn’t common but it’s not usual to have goalkeepers so equal or with qualities that either can play.

“We have always respected each other, there is a good relationship and that’s my intention, to stay.

“I don’t see the problem. The Coach will decide who plays. I can only comment on what affects me and it’s work and commitment to this club.

“We both have the same options and it should always be so. Every season is different and it’s good competition.

“Both of us have worked to be starters and the Coach has decided. A lot can happen next year.”

Lopez was also asked about the match, the draw ensuring that none of the top three won over the weekend, and blamed himself for Valencia’s first goal.

“Now Atletico have to lose a game but as things stand anything can happen until the end and there are difficult games remaining,” he said.

“After the way the game developed a draw isn’t all bad. We have to stay positive.

“We missed some intensity and more focus in specific moments. We started well and had good chances but we let Valencia come into the game and that has made it difficult to fight for a draw. But we got it.

“I made a mistake, we all saw it, but overall I’ve seen a great Madrid this year with no problems in goal, and that’s what I’m looking for.”

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