Real midfielder engineers win over Bilbao
“Casemiro has grown in a spectacular way. He works very hard and it’s a privilege to play with him for club and country as he’s one of the best midfielders in the world,” Real defender Marcelo told reporters.
Zidane had rested Casemiro in two of Real’s last three league games. His importance was laid bare in the chaotic 3-3 draw against Las Palmas and the unconvincing 2-1 win over Real Betis last week, and he gave them more resilience when they needed it most against Athletic.
The Brazilian will miss next week’s game against Alaves through suspension after picking up a yellow card in the first half and showed his humility by expressing his anxiety about losing his place in the team.
“I didn’t think it was a yellow card and I didn’t want to miss the Alaves game because with the quality we have, if you give an opportunity to another player they can take your place in the team,” Casemiro said.
While there is plenty of competition between creative players, illustrated by the fact both Isco and James Rodriguez have started less than half Real’s league games, there is no other player in the squad who can do what Casemiro does, and he can expect to slot right back into the starting 11 when he completes his suspension. Reuters
Real Madrid’s Casemiro scores against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.