The Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has said that the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is going to be extremely important for the Spanish club when they take on Manchester United in the second leg of the Champions League last 16 stage. The 27-year-old scored in the first leg match between the two clubs.
Even though Casillas will not be part of the second leg at Old Trafford, the 31-year-old will be keen to progress into the quarter-final stage of the competition. Casillas is one of the few members of the squad who have already won the Champions league title with Real Madrid.
Madrid will be coming into the match with great confidence after having beaten the likes of Barcelona in two matches in the last few weeks.
Casillas has said that it is imperative that Madrid are extremely good in attack. The Spanish club need to score in order to have any chance of progressing to the next round. Ronaldo has already said that he would not be celebrating his he scores against United at Old Trafford. The possibility of him achieving the feat looks extremely likely, as Ronaldo has been on a great run of form in recent weeks. He has recently been responsible for scoring in consecutive El Clasico matches as well.
"Cristiano is vital for us. Right now he's in sensational form and gives us his maximum. It will be difficult as they also know how to play and their ground is tough to play at. We have to transfer what we did here at Camp Nou to Old Trafford. It is also 1-1 and we have to score and keep a clean sheet. That's the aim that we're going with," Casillas. Madrid will be giving an intense focus on European competitions this season especially because they cannot win the league this season.
The goalkeeper of Real Madrid, Iker Casillas, has said that he is working hard to cement his place in the starting XI of Madrid again.
The Madrid skipper was surprisingly left out of the starting line up in the recently played La Liga matches against Real Sociedad and Malaga. He was replaced by Antonio Adan in the starting XI.
When asked about him being dropped from the starting XI, Casillas said, “Sometimes, you need something like this to give you a bit more inspiration. I need to take it in a positive way and work hard to make a comeback. That’s what I am doing at the moment. I am working hard in the training sessions and trying to improve my weaknesses.”
Last week, the, manager of Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho had said that no player in the team should take his place in the starting XI for granted.
When asked about Mourinho’s statement, Casillas said, “I am not upset about what Mourinho said. He was absolutely right. No matter how big a player you are, you need to be consistent, otherwise, you would have to sit on the bench.”
“My form hadn’t been that good in the last few matches and that’s why I was left out of the staring XI. What I need to do now is to train hard and convince the manager to give me starting opportunity again.
When asked about his relationship with Antonio Adan, Casillas said, “There is a competition between me and Antonio for the keeper’s place in the XI, but, that has not affected our relationship at all. We are very good friends and often talk to each other about goalkeeping skills. He is a great bloke and a very good goalkeeper as well.”
The Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has said that his teammates should step up to the plate if they are to overturn the huge deficit over Barcelona in the Spanish la Liga. Real Madrid have been extremely poor in the league this season, as they have fallen eight points behind their archrivals Barcelona in the table.
Their lead season took another turn for the worst after they were defeated 1-0 by Real Beltis during the weekend. Benat scored in the 17th minute to give the home team a surprise lead in the match. They managed to hold on to a victory that would send Real Madrid to the third defeat of the season.
This coupled with the win for Barcelona meant that they are level on points behind the leaders with just 13 games played in the season. Even though there are a lot of them still remaining in the season, there is little hope that Real Madrid will now be able to catch Barcelona even with one El Clasico match remaining in the season. Iker Casillas said after the match that this was two steps back for Real Madrid in the title race. He has said that the players are extremely angry with themselves, but they need to transfer that anger onto the pitch.
"It was a blow and we have taken two steps back in the title race. Jose Mourinho has a temper and sometimes you have to feel more protected by your players. We need to shut up and show that we are angry on the pitch. Everything has an influence, such as fatigue, and the fact Betis were thrashed [in a recent 5-1 defeat] by Sevilla. Also, the referee did not make the right decision at times," said Casillas. Madrid have been able to win only two of the last five matches in all competitions.
The captain of the Spanish football team, Iker Casillas, has said that the World Cup Champions should not have been made to play in the World Cup qualifying tournament and they should have been given entry into the finals directly, like Neymar's Brazil side have. Casillas was talking to the reporters ahead of Spain’s opening World Cup qualifier against Georgia.
Before 2010, the world cup winners didn’t need to participate in the qualifying tournament, but, the system has been changed a bit. Now, each and every team needs to go through the qualifying competition to find a place in the finals.
As per Casillas, if Spain doesn’t make it to the finals, the tournament would be played without the reigning champions. How bizarre it would be! This system is a bit strange. The older system was definitely better in which the reigning champions used to get direct entry into the main tournament. There was no point changing that system.
There are four other teams in the Spain’s group in the qualifying tournament. Those four teams are Georgia, France, Belarus and Finland. Only one team can qualify from this group. The French team is also quite strong and it would not be easy for Spain to top the group. The Spanish team will play against France in its third match. Before that, the team would face Georgia and Belarus.
As per Casillas, the team needs to win the first two matches with a profound margin. A draw just can’t be afforded because it makes you lose two points. The match against France is going to be tough.
So, the team needs to secure 6 points before going into that match. The Spanish skipper thinks that the team has got the capability to win the World Cup for the second consecutive time. He said that the Spanish players have their own playing style and if they play up to their abilities, it would be very hard for any other team to stop them.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has said that he feels the Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric is one of the best players in the world. The Croatian midfielder has been linked with a £ 40 million move to Real Madrid in the summer. It is thought that the Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has personally made his priority to get Luka Modric from Tottenham, although the Premier league club are unwilling to any kind of interest to prize away their star player. Even though Tottenham are resigned to losing their star asset, they are thought to be holding out for around £ 40 million.
Real Madrid were initially reluctant to pay the fee, as they believed that £ 30 million is the maximum they can afford right now. However, after the entry of Real Madrid manager José Mourinho into the picture, the situation has changed dramatically after it was revealed a few days ago that Real Madrid have agreed a £ 36 million deal with Tottenham. Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has welcomed the addition of Luka Modric by saying that he would massively improve the squad. The Croatian midfielder is capable of playing anywhere across the middle and is known for his creativity.
"I know him. He has been a great player ever since he signed for Tottenham. I faced him in the Euros and he had a very good season. If the manager thinks he ought to be then I am sure he will be at the level of this squad. It is not our responsibility to say anything more. The club and the manager are those that decide what is best for the team to move a step forward," said Iker Casillas, who is one of the surprise candidates in the running for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award this season.
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has said that he is extremely confident that the Spanish defenders will be able to keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet in the first semi-final between the two nations. The winner of this match will be facing Germany or Italy in the final of the competition.
Cristiano Ronaldo has come into form at just the right moment in the tournament after he has moved into when the Golden Boot award. He has helped Portugal not only get past the group stages, but has also helped them get past the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals with a great header in the closing moments of the game.
He will once again be a major threat for Portugal when they take on Spain. In fact, most of the pressure will be on Cristiano Ronaldo to score in the match. Iker Casillas understands that Ronaldo is the major threat for Portugal, but is confident that his teammates can deal with the Portuguese. The lack of Barcelona defender Carlos Puyol is a major actions for Spain, but Casillas reckons that the presence of Pique is more than enough to stop the threat from the Portuguese captain Ronaldo in the match.
"Puyol's absence? Pique has always done very well, both at Barca, and in the Spain national team. When I arrived, my role was different. I was looking, listening, learning. Now I am one of the most experienced players. I have shared the dressing room with Spanish legends, but you also learn with the youngsters, who arrived with their future ahead of them. I prefer to be remembered by my character than by the titles I have won. In 2008, we arrived at the Euros in a completely different way,” said Iker Casillas ahead of the match with Portugal on Wednesday night.
Real Madrid goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas praised the performance of his teammates in the match against Sevilla during the weekend. Real Madrid were coming into the match on the back of the Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich on penalties.
Hence, many were expecting Real Madrid to be self pitying themselves, but they turned in a great performance that was reminiscent of the Champions. As a result, they thrashed Sevilla 3-0 and moved a step closer towards the winning the league title for the first time since 2008. José Mourinho said that he was extremely proud of his players after the match.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas also expressed the same thoughts, as he kept yet another clean sheet for Real Madrid. Iker Casillas almost saved Real Madrid stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka in the penalty shootout against Bayern Munich, but the miss by Sergio Ramos ultimately proved costly for the team. The 30-year-old goalkeeper has made more than 450 appearances for the Spanish club. He has been at the club for 13 years, and has lifted the Champions League trophy with the club back in 2002. The 3-0 win over Sevilla also means that Real Madrid can be Champions if Barcelona failed to win against Rayo Vallecano.
"It was important to win today after the harsh blow of losing on Wednesday in a penalty shoot-out at our stadium. We have to look ahead and focus on winning this league title, which we are all excited about and would be a beautiful thing. We've topped the table for most of the season. We had to defeat Sevilla and we did. We've taken a solid step in the championship and winning the title would be a reward to the hard work we've been doing for months, even years," said Casillas.
Recently Iker Casillas has signed contract with Adidas. He says that he is very happy to enter the Adidas family. Since the beginning of his career, Iker’s official sponsor was Reebok. Casillas has spent eleven long years with Reebok. He explains that he enjoyed the company of Reebok family. Now it is time to change over. He explains that previously Reebok used to encourage with the particular sport of soccer. But recently, it seems that Reebok is not concentrating on this particular sport.