Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has defended Spanish teammate Iker Casillas from the barrel of abuse and harsh criticism aimed his way.
The Real Madrid shot-stopper took the flak for Spain’s 2-1 defeat in Slovakia after his howler allowed the underdogs to take the lead against the reigning European champions.
Ahead of Spain’s clash with minnows Luxembourg, the Spanish press have called for Casillas to be dropped in favour of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.
A number of polls have occurred posing the question of Spain’s number one, and for Casillas the results aren’t pretty as it appears the Spanish public are also voting for him to be dropped.
Fabregas, however, knows how it feels to be criticised and often unfairly as the 27-year-old received flak from the Barcelona-based press before moving to the Blues in the summer.
Keen to lift spirits ahead of La Roja’s next Euro 2016 qualifier, the Stamford Bridge favourite threw his support behind his international skipper and pleaded with those associated not to over-dramatise.
“We know who Iker Casillas and there’s not too much to add. All the Madrid based journalists know how he is. He’s strong and defends his team 100%. He’s a great team-mate and captain.” He said, quoted by the Spanish publication AS.
“When things don’t work out for you as normal, then you’re not as normal, but there is no need to over-dramatise. He’s experienced enough to take stock of this situation. He’s fine and aware that we all need to improve from the last game”.
Casillas, 33, has made a whopping 158 appearances for the national team and has won the World Cup once and the European Championships twice.
He was won the IFFHS World’s Goalkeeper of the Year award five successive times and in 2012 was voted into the UEFA Team of the Year for an unparalleled sixth consecutive year.