Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas has said he is happy the side have their destiny in their hands after the 2-1 win over Ludogorets saw Los Blancos cement their position at the top of their Champions League group.
The 10-time European Cup winners, looking to defend the trophy they won in May, had to come from behind in Bulgaria after conceding an early goal. Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot and Karim Benzema netted to hand Los Blancos the three points that means they have the maximum six points from their opening two games.
Speaking to journalists in the mixed zone after the final whistle, Casillas said the team was happy with the win and knew they would be up against a motivated side.
“We knew they were going to be a difficult opponent who were going to play the match with a lot of intensity and would be really up for it against us. We conceded a goal early on and we had to recover. Then, we came back and turned the match around. We’ve taken another step forward in this competition, we still have our future in our own hands,” he said.
The 33-year-old then turned his attention to the Liverpool games and said both matches – at Anfield and at the Santiago Bernabeu – would be great nights.
“Now we come up against Liverpool, which is going to be a huge match because they have to win. I’m sure it’s going to be a very attractive, great match. But before then we have to think about Athletic, another big match in which we have to go all out for the three points before the international break.”