Casillas not giving up hope
Iker Casillas has insisted Real Madrid can record success against Barcelona this weekend.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 09/12/08 1:01pm
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has insisted the club can record success against Barcelona this weekend.
The Primera Division champions are under growing pressure at present following a poor start to the season.
Head coach Bernd Schuster's position is reportedly under threat, with rumours strongly suggesting Juande Ramos is being lined up as his successor.
Schuster did little to ease the strain after he claimed it was 'impossible' to win at Camp Nou, and the club are due to hold a 2.30pm conference on Tuesday where an announcement over his future is expected.
However, Casillas, who has played for Real since 1999, is remaining brave-faced and refusing to give up on the team's chances of winning Saturday's 'El Clasico'.
"I think we can win in Barcelona," he told radio programme El mirador de Punto Radio. "Those who go there have to think that they will win.
"We have to really do this badge proud."
He added: "At the moment the team isn't capable of winning trophies because Barcelona lead us by nine points and it's true that they're playing well.
"But the season is very long and on top of that, two seasons ago I won the league (at Madrid) when Barcelona had led us by eight points.
"We climbed back up and won on the last day."