Casillas isn't as overrated as he is currently underrated by a large amount of "football specialists"
amongst them AMO, who by all means knows a lot, but sometimes gets carried away due to his pre-occupation with Serie A
He's made some miserable blunders this season, and that's what's given him a lot of bad public. Mind you, he's still a great keeper with a lot of skill, only now he has to deal with the return of our legendary defense, and that can't help.
Cesar IMO has been a better choice for Real ever since he arrived in the summer of 2000 (I believe?, or was it 99?...). Ever since Iker made his way into the team beating Illgner, I thought Cesar should've played, but until now the answer has been no. Iker finally got penalized for his constant flaps on crosses, and with the addition of some other silly mistakes, it meant relegation to the bench.
Both he and Cesar are potential for national team material though. Trust me, that if he was in Contreras' boots down in Malaga, or Prats' at Betis, you'd be saying the same things about him, the way you are now about them.
You expect more from Real, the way you expect more from the great teams.
That's precisely the reason why Barca's goalies are always deemed to be failures. These guys aren't as bad as they're made to look, they're just not ingenious, and at such a club anything less makes you look bad. Particularly bad when you have a totally shi*ty defense in front of you, as is the case with Barca now, and Real of 2 or 3 years ago.
Everything is IMO just a bit relative, and sometimes these small differences are a bit hard to judge if you're not a close observer. As much as I respect your opinion AMO, I think you're victim to the general trend of overly criticizing Casillas just now.
And saying all this in defense of Casillas, I must say I'm a bit disappointed with Cesar myself. I expected much, much more from him... when he arrived from Valladolid he was the 3rd keeper for Spain
Of course, being benched for 2 years can't help, but a call up merits class and I can't say i see anything better than <good> in his performances right now. Of course, than again, doing the Xavi thing v Barca is something you repay with a year of ingenious defending, such is the magnitude of such an error, and at this particular point I can't exactly objectively tell if I'm not the one being influenced by "relativity" on Cesar