It might have been an honest mistake, but it seems some of the Real Madrid players weren’t that surprised that Fabio Coentrao showed up on the bench before their match against Espanyol even though he wasn’t in the squad, as Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo had a good laugh at his expense.
Coentrao took the final seat on the bench minutes before the beginning of the match, sitting next to Iker Casillas and Karim Benzema. The two started laughing when they saw him there, explaining to him that he wasn’t named to the lineup or the bench. Coentrao, who didn’t expect to play, seemed quite shocked and eventually amused at the whole situation, stepping up to talk with Aitor Karanka, who confirmed that he indeed needs to sit with the players in the stands.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who didn’t start, came in his place, and seemed not too surprised that Coentrao made that mistake. Jose Mourinho, upon hearing it from Karanka, looked quite amused himself, cracking a smile we haven’t seen from him in quite a while.