Iker Casillas, a former Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper, feels his team is one of the favorites to win the Champions League this season.
Despite losing to Sheriff Tiraspol on home soil, Real Madrid leads Group D with nine points from four games, and they will travel to Moldova before hosting Inter in the next two games of the group stage.
Casillas remarked during the MARCA Sport Weekend in Seville, “I believe this Real Madrid [club] can win [the Champions League].”
“I believe I have four or five favorites. Bayern Munich, I feel, performs well both at home and abroad. Real Madrid has been successful at attracting young talents.”
Casillas on Xavi Casillas went on to say that he originally felt Xavi Hernandez would become a coach when they were both on international duty with Spain.
Casillas said, “Xavi is the finest example of someone who wants to be a coach.”
“It comes as no surprise to me that he is now the coach of Barcelona. On our national team tours, you could see him [thinking that way].”
Casillas also explained why he has not contemplated following in the footsteps of Xavi by becoming a coach.
Casillas said, “I don’t want to be a coach.”
“I may seem to be a really sweet and compassionate person, but once I’m on the field, I can be rather violent.” To be a coach, you must have a particular personality, and some colleagues were extremely vocal about it.
“I’d want to earn my coaching certification, but it’s not something I want to accomplish in the near future.”