When the Netherlands faced Spain earlier in the week at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, they had to compete in inclement weather, however, nothing could have prepared the defending World Cup champions from the torrential downpour of Dutch shots that rained on goalkeeper Iker Casillas who, despite making five saves, still conceded a humbling amount of times as Spain were trounced by a 5-1 score.
The defeat has prompted many to appraise the starting XI, with Barcelona mainstay Xavi perhaps a casualty, with Atletico Madrid chance creator Koke Resurreccion an able replacement. Other commentators have questioned the merit of persisting with Casillas, a shot-stopping legend with one World Cup, two European Championships and 155 international caps to his name.
Casillas has a terrific goals against to games played statistic for Spain, with just 88 concessions from almost twice as many matches, yet could feasibly make way for the younger, more reflexive David de Gea, of Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho, who famously dropped Casillas during his final season in charge at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, believes it is too early to omit Iker from the starting line-up and claims patience is key.
"I wouldn't leave him on the bench," the Chelsea manager said to Yahoo Sports. "The goalkeeper position is a very specific one and I wouldn't like to make a change just because of one poor game."
Indeed, de Gea should only be called up to Casillas, or any understudy promoted to replace the primary glovesman "after a bad run of form that clearly shows a keeper lacks confidence and stability."
Mourinho continued: "Iker has had a fine run with the Spanish national team and he has the confidence of his coach. One bad game is not sufficient reason to change keepers."
Spain take on Chile at the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro later today, Wednesday, in what is a must-win game for the Spanish.