Dead Balls Killing Us – Iker Casillas

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas admitted that his side need to improve on defending set-pieces after their 2-1 defeat to arch-rivals Atletico Madrid.

With Madrid already 6 points behind leaders Barcelona, the Spain international admits that it is an area they need to work on.

“I understand the paranoia that we are suffering as we’re conceding goals from dead-balls and as goalkeeper I accept responsibility. I’ll take my portion of the blame. We, as a team, however, need to find the answers as the problems are starting to accumulate,” he said.

He now looks forward to make amends when they host Basel in their Champions’ League opener on Tuesday.

“The fans are disappointed with the team and a defeat for Madrid hurts them as much as it hurts us. We’re disappointed for the club and for the supporters. We didn’t play as well as we needed to and it was the same situation in San Sebastian against Real Sociedad,” the 33-year-old said.

“The fans views are to be respected. If they feel the need to whistle then we need to accept this and keep working hard. We need to change the dynamic. They’re entitled to complain and my way of responding is the only way I know, playing football.”

He added:

“We didn’t have luck on our side. We wanted the three points and to make up for San Sebastian.”

“It wasn’t to be and it’s a step backwards. We have to think about Tuesday, about the Champions League, and clearly we can’t fail.”


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