Casillas anticipates big changes
By Vasek Kadlec
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Iker Casillas thinks there will be 'big changes' at Real Madrid if the side fail to win La Liga.
Iker Casillas believes there will be 'big changes' at Real Madrid if the side fail to win La Liga this year, and hinted that it could cost coach Fabio Capello his job.
Real have failed to convince at times this year and were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the first knock-out stage by Bayern Munich, but they are still in contention for the league, with the side just two points off leaders Barcelona.
However, there has been intense discussion in the Spanish media that Capello could be replaced if they fail, and Spain keeper Casillas knows all about the weight of expectation at the Bernabeu.
"Media and fans speculate every day," he said in an interview with MF Dnes. "But if we don't win it, there will be changes - big changes. That is clear."
Real have failed to win a trophy for four years now, and Casillas admits it is a source of frustration.
"We try to fight hard and are not far from the title, but the team has been undergoing constant changes. Coaches have been changed; fans have been impatient.
"That we don't have any trophies is a big problem for Real Madrid. It is a club of champions - the biggest club in the world."
Vicente Del Bosque was the last man to lead Real to silverware in 2003, and Casillas laments his departure.
"We have never reached the same level and everything has become more complicated. Del Bosque was honest, fair and he helped me personally a lot.
"He believed in my abilities. I miss him."
Casillas believes that, despite the failure of the 'Galacticos' in recent years, the club will continue to pursue the biggest stars.
"Real will always buy the most famous players as the club needs that for advertising and for quality.
"At the same time, though, it is necessary to have a mixture with home-grown starlets. I think we are on the right course now. Real need stability and balance."
And he believes Real target Cristiano Ronaldo would be an excellent signing.
"He would be a great addition to the team. He loves football - with his skills, he is different to the average.
"He can become the best player in the world."