Iker Casillas: Champions League is Real’s best bet

Iker Casillas: Champions League is Real’s best bet


Ex-Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas says his old club have had a poor season by their standards but are in with chance of winning the Champions League.

Los Blancos visit fierce rivals Barcelona at the weekend but sit 10 points adrift of the Catalans. Having been thrown out of the Copa del Rey, Zinedine Zidane’s men have just the Champions League left to play for.

The will be confident of making the semi-finals without too much trouble having been drawn against Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals – the first time the Bundesliga outfit have made it to this stage of the competition.

Speaking to El Larguero, Casillas, who left the club for Porto last summer, said Real have had a tough time this year.

“How do I see them? It looks like…a very hard stage. Their rivals are going well in all competitions and Madrid is the worst in the League. There are options in the Champions League. I hope they go through to the semi-final. It could be a very nice semi-final,” he stated.

As he approaches the end of his career, the veteran shot stopper was asked about the pressure of playing for Real and Spain. And he responded that in both cases it is demanded that players win every game – an impossible task.

“You have to have something special to be goalkeeper for Madrid or the national team. They ask that you win trophies. If you don’t, then each player’s performance is analysed. It’s the same with Spain. We have to win trophies and now, to not to it is a problem,” he stated.

And he added: “Before, drawing with Italy was very good. Now it’s a disaster. There are people accustomed to what we have done, but that’s not real. It’s very difficult to repeat.”