Iker Casillas: Things change quickly in football

Iker Casillas: Things change quickly in football


Iker Casillas has hailed the turnaround in Real Madrid’s fortunes and said it is all down to hard work.

The club captain played his part in Real’s 2-0 win over Elche on Sunday evening, with Los Blancos recording a third straight win following their derby defeat and a third consecutive clean sheet.

Just two weeks ago the knives were out as Los Blancos crashed to a 4-0 hammering by their local rivals Atletico de Madrid, and many of the squad were roundly critcised for then attending Ronaldo’s 30th birthday bash just hours afterwards.

Speaking after Sunday’s win, Casillas said fortunes can change quickly in football and Madrid have worked hard to turn their form around.

“Football can change in two weeks. Before we received a barrage of criticism and now things are quiet.  We know we’re at Real Madrid. The reviews are sometimes good, sometimes bad, but we haven’t suffered from the defeat at the Vicente Calderon.

“We are where we want to be. We’ve always had attitude. It’s normal to have ups and downs. It’s very easy during the good times, but you must be more united during the bad times, like we have done,” he declared.

He then went on to discuss the race for La Liga, saying: “For our part I hope we don’t [rely on other teams]. Next up we have to Villarreal, let’s go step by step. The potential advantage of these next few weeks is that although we were unfortunately knocked out of the Copa del Rey, we won’t have midweek matches.”