Real Madrid's Keylor Navas does not deserve criticism - Kiko Casilla

Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has defended his teammate Keylor Navas, after surprisingly being given a start in the 2-0 win over Espanyol.

Casilla has so far only been used in cup games, but as Navas has kept just one clean sheet in his last five appearances, boss Zinedine Zidane opted for a change.

"Keylor Navas does not deserve the criticism he has received," Casilla told Marca. "Goalkeepers are at the front of everything and if we thought about everything that was written and said, we couldn't live.

"I know my responsibility and the cup games were where I was going to play but when you are involved you feel happy and active.

"You always expect to play but when you have been on the bench for so long and you are told it is your time then you feel a mixture of surprise and joy, it was a special match for me."