Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas has featured in 20 unbroken UEFA Champions League campaigns, winning a foe with Real Madrid in 2000, 2002 and 2014; UEFA.com sat down with a Spain good forward of Porto’s last-16 tie with Roma to simulate on a stellar career to date.
On life during Porto …
The dragon [the Porto symbol] is partial of this ancestral club, that won dual UEFA Champions League titles – in a aged format and a new. It is where we call home today and we am really gentle with that. we have many difference of regard for FC Porto given we arrived here.
It’s a opposite league, though they have taken me in given we arrived and we am really happy to have common a lot of good moments with them. In a north [of Portugal] it’s Porto, Porto and Porto from when they are really young. It seems like this is instilled in them.
On reaching 100 UEFA Champions League appearances …
I never illusory I’d play 100 Champions League games. Looking behind during it now, with this new perspective, we get a bit scared, since it means a lot of games, a lot of moments. It’s a formidable record to strech but, above all, we feel intensely unapproachable to have won [the competition] 3 times and managed to stay in a Champions League for so long.
On his initial call-up to a Real Madrid comparison patrol …
It’s a good version since it was behind in 1997 and we was in pattern class. We were articulate about Real Madrid, about how they were doing during a time. It was late November, we think, and Real Madrid were struggling in a league. we consider they were third or fourth and removing bad results, though things were going excellent in a Champions League. They had an critical diversion opposite Rosenborg entrance adult in Norway.
At that point, a high-school principal came into a classroom. Everyone knew we played in Real Madrid’s girl ranks. He used to speak to me about Real Madrid, usually as we did with my friends. He said: “Iker, would we mind stepping outward for one second?”
“Sure,” we replied. When we came out, he told me: “You’d softened get in a cab now and precipitate to Barajas [airport] since Real Madrid usually phoned your silent and she has called us. You need to precipitate adult since we have to go to Norway.”
[It felt] like winning a lottery. we remember that impulse really well. we was 16 years old. we left school, went home, altered my clothes, got in a cab to Barajas, and we met all a stars – all we suspicion unfit when we were a kid.
I went from being in category with my partner Julio to sitting during a same list as Fernando Morientes, Clarence Seedorf, Fernando Sanz, Predrag Mijatović, Davor Šuker and Raúl González. It was something enchanting and we will always remember that.
On entrance on as a surrogate in a 2002 UEFA Champions League final …
I wasn’t prepared to come on. we had always played with brief sleeves since we felt some-more gentle and free,and we wasn’t prepared. So a impulse comes when I’m about to come on [for a harmed César Sánchez]. we have to get off a bench, we don’t have my brief sleeves, I’m unsettled and shaken since we don’t like to come on like that – generally in a final – and so we had to cut my sleeves. Javier Miñano, a strength and conditioning manager during Real Madrid, helped while Vicente Del Bosque was giving me some instructions on how to go about a match.
In a finish we were propitious adequate to win – my second Champions League title – opposite a Bayer Leverkusen side that had improved. People contend that Bayer Leverkusen doesn’t seem like a good group though we’re articulate about a group with Michael Ballack and Yildiray Baştürk, really good players during that time. They had separated Manchester United, Juventus, etc. we demeanour behind on it with a lot of happiness, and we was usually 20 during a time.
It all happened really quickly, though in a finish it was all really strange. we consider it was a initial time a screw had to be replaced in a Champions League final.
On a Real Madrid-Barcelona adversary …
You mature as a actor with all a Clásicos there have been in Spain. It’s a many heated adversary on earth. Of march there are derbies a universe over though all about Madrid-Barça is during a top probable turn since in a final few years a best players in a universe have been during those dual clubs.
We haven’t nonetheless been means to see a Madrid-Barcelona Champions League final – we don’t consider we’re prepared for that yet. We’ve gifted something identical in other competitions such as a Copa Libertadores, though a Champions League final between Real Madrid and Barcelona could be really tough.
We’ve already seen Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid. we can suppose that [a Clásico as a] probable final, and it would be tough, though certainly we’ll see it one day.
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