Kiko Casilla

Casilla: “Real Madrid are always the team to beat”

NEWS | 19/07/2017

“The key to last season was the togetherness of the group and the coach's confidence in all of us”, said the Whites' goalkeeper.
Following the end of the first week of pre-season training, Kiko Casilla spoke to Realmadrid TV and Realmadrid.com about the sessions at UCLA and the challenges facing the team going into the new season: “Real Madrid are always the team to beat. We're used to playing that role, to having that tag. We've got to demand even more of ourselves than last year. With the work we're putting in and the team we've got here, we're well prepared”.

“This week has been a lot about increasing strength and stamina to make sure our bodies are ready. We already knew how tough it was going to be. The goalkeepers do a lot of physical work on the legs which helps to be quick and agile. August is an unusual month, we'll be straight in at the deep end. We've got these three weeks of pre-season to get used to being back on the pitch as quickly as possible”.

Last season
“I take away the togetherness of this team. One of the keys to our success was this bond and the confidence that the manager showed in the whole squad. That's one of the formulas which helped us to win what we did”.