Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said he didn’t hear the sections of the Bernabeu crowd that whistled goalkeeper Iker Casillas during the European champion’s 5-1 win over FC Basel in its opening UEFA Champions League game of the season. According to Reuters, one section of the crowd whistled the Spain keeper every time he touched the ball during Tuesday’s match. The Italian coach said he refused to be drawn into a public debate about whether to start Casillas or Costa Rica international Keylor Navas.
"We have to be positive," said the Italian, who led Real to a 10th European crown in his first season in charge last season. "I don't listen to the whistling. If the fans sing 'How could I not love you?' then I do hear that because I want to be positive in life."
Real's performance in the first game of its title defense was the ideal tonic after two straight defeats in the Spanish league, which left it mired in 13th place and already six points behind leader Barcelona. "It’s clear that not everything has been solved but I liked the reaction of the team," Ancelotti said. "It’s normal that people get nervous if you lose two games at the start of the season."