Sport | Football

Madrid eye Valladolid victory

Captain Casillas knows Real can’t afford to slip up as Barca march on

  • Agencies
  • Published: 14:43 December 7, 2012
  • Gulf News

Madrid: Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is aware his team can ill-afford any more slip-ups as the defending La Liga champions bid to close the 11-point gap to leaders Barcelona.

Jose Mourinho’s side go to Real Valladolid on Saturday — Barcelona visit Real Betis on Sunday — on the back of a 2-0 derby victory at home to Atletico last Saturday and a 4-1 Champions League mauling of Ajax on Tuesday, which had the added bonus of resting several key players.

And captain Casillas is only looking forward as his team battle to stay in the title race.

“We can’t afford the luxury of dropping any more points in the league. Valladolid will be a complicated game for us, they are playing good football and come on the back of a win in Sevilla,” he said.

Michael Essien is back in training for Madrid and could feature in Valladolid, but Fabio Coentrao, who picked up a muscle injury against Ajax, is doubtful.

Gulf News
Quick Links

  1. Business

  2. The latest Entertainment news

  3. The latest Lifestyle stories

  4. Blogs

  5. Opinion

In Sport

  1. Cricket

  2. Football

  3. Motorsport

  4. Basketball

  5. Boxing

  6. Horse Racing

  7. Athletics

  8. Golf

  9. Rugby

  10. Sailing

  11. Tennis

Latest In Sport

  1. Taghrooda chases Group 1 hat-trick at York

  2. Australia rules over York

  3. Pakistan mourns squash legend Hashim Khan

  4. Mattar to miss UAE’s friendly against Udinese

  5. Asamoah Gyan, Omar Abdul Rahman hail team effort

  6. India stuck with Dhoni for want of options