Despite coming in for criticism in recent months, Iker Casillas is on the front cover of AS this morning as the Madrid daily pays homage to the Real captain.
The 33-year-old is taking part in his 15th consecutive campaign in the Champions League this season, meaning he is the Spaniard with the most consecutive appearances in the competition. Only Ryan Giggs has played in more – he played in 18 successive European Cup campaigns with Manchester United before he retired last summer to become assistant to Louis van Gaal.
Of the 142 games in the competition that Casillas has played, he’s kept 47 clean sheets – or 33%. Not bad for someone who has been targeted in recent months by the press.
Marca and AS both pick up on the form of Gareth Bale in recent weeks. The papers say he started the season brilliantly but has dipped in recent weeks. And according to Marca, boss Carlo Ancelotti is concerned the Welshman isn’t doing enough to help out his team mates when it comes to defending and needs to track back more.
Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo should be fit to take his place in the line up against Athletic on Sunday. The forward was at the end of some tough tackles against Ludogorets but should have recovered in time for Sunday’s game.