(via Iker Casillas’ instagram)
Casillas’ interview on WC draw:
After winning two European Championships and the World Cup, have you thought about how you will make history if you win in Brazil?
Obviously you think about it. We think that it will be difficult because, right now, for all of our teammates and the other teams the first objective is to qualify for the next round and then go as far as possible. All of the teams want to win and Spain are no exception. But after the last four years, we know that any rival that faces us will give 100% as they all want to beat us. We’re going there to defend the title we won in South Africa and try to make everybody in our country proud of the Spanish team. We can promise them hard work, commitment and a real desire to win and we’re going to give our all to go as far as possible.
What did you think of the draw and the fact that Marcelo says that you are ahead of the other teams?
I think that we’ve got a difficult group. We start against the runners-up in the last World Cup and they’ve been brilliant in qualification. Then we face Chile, and we’ve had some real problems to beat them recently. But we’ve gained experience from the last few tournaments like the one in South Africa, when we lost the first game against Switzerland, and it seemed like the end of the world, and then we beat some really tough teams like Portugal, Germany and Italy and then Holland in the final. We have to focus on playing our best in the first game and taking three points and then we can look at the next round. It’s normal that they see us as favourites after all we’ve won over the last few years. But we also know that, as well as all of the praise and the positive comments about Spain, they all really want to beat us. We know that that we have to take things step by step and not take anything for granted.
On a personal level, how do you see this World Cup? Do you think it could be your last?
Being the last one to speak helps you to take some ideas from all of the others. As Cristiano said, it’s still December and there’s a long way to go. Until June, we’ll see what happens and when the coach gives his list of 23 players, if you’re one of them, you can start to enjoy it and start training with your teammates as if it were your last World Cup. In the case of goalkeepers, we last longer than other players, but sometimes your head is more important than your body. There’s still a long time to go and a lot can happen.
Don’t you think that it’s a bit strange that the last two World Cup finalists are in the same group and that Group B finishes before Group A?
I agree. In these draws, the coefficients used aren’t normally easy to understand, but it’s not our job to decide who plays who or which team is the best. They choose the groups, you go to the World Cup and if you win, great. But it’s true that I don’t agree with the way they do the draw. As for the second question, well, my answer is basically the same. Each team finishes its qualifying group when it’s their turn and, as I said before, we don’t take these decisions.
When there are games like the Portugal one or the one against Brazil in the Confederation Cup, do you talk about these games in the dressing-room with the other players?
Whenever we play each other in qualifying stages or in friendly games, the next day we always talk about what happened in the match and I think that’s nice. Whoever wins can brag a little, and whoever loses has to put up with some jokes from his teammates. But that’s the way things work in the dressing-room. We play for our national teams and when we face each other in international games we all want to win. But there is always a really good atmosphere here and plenty of jokes.
Iker Casillas received the fair play award of LIGA BBVA chosen by the fans for his life both on and off the field. In the absence of the captain of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, the club president, accepted the award and said: "A last-minute setback has not allowed him to be here. I want to thank this award on their behalf. As president of Real Madrid I have to say that Iker Casillas is deserving of many awards, but this on its behavior and exemplary sure that no one disputes. “
”I’m very happy to be nominated among the 5 finalist of the FIFA @FIFPro World XI” (via Iker’s Twitter)
Iker,we did knew you are,you were and you will be the best no matter how many matches you played,no matter what others think about you……