Iker Casillas: Real Madrid can repeat Clásico heroics at Man United

Injured Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas urges his team-mates to replicate Tuesday's El Clásico performance at Old Trafford

Iker Casillas
Iker Casillas is out injured after an operation on his left hand Photo: Soccer.ru, via Wikimedia

Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas has urged Real Madrid to replicate Tuesday’s El Clásico performance when Los Blancos travel to Manchester United in the Champions League last 16 next week.

Jose Mourinho’s side reached the Copa del Rey final with a 3-1 win at Barcelona to seal a 4-2 aggregate success, with Madrid set to face their bitter rivals again in La Liga at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

With the nine-time European champions a mammoth 16 points behind Barça in the league title race, Casillas is already turning his thoughts to the club’s trip to Old Trafford, with the tie finely poised at 1-1 from the first leg.

He said: “We have to transfer this to the match against Manchester United. It is also 1-1 and we have to score and keep a clean sheet. That’s the aim that we’re going with.

“Manchester United know how to play football, it is a difficult place to go to and we have to take what we have done [against Barça] to Old Trafford.”

Casillas, who is still out injured with a fractured bone in his left hand, is adamant Madrid will not give up their league title defence, although the goalkeeper admits that winning the Champions League is a more realistic possibility.

“Hopefully this is a turning point to have won this tie and to make it better it was against Barcelona,” said Casillas.

“We played a very good tie all round and this will motivate us to make a good showing of ourselves in other matches. Winning the Champions League is a better possibility than the league, but Real Madrid will fight to the end.”

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