Casillas fully behind Mourinho

A look ahead to the weekend's action in Spain's Primera Liga, including Real Madrid's clash with Atletico Madrid.

Last Updated: 29/11/12 at 18:03 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Backed by his players

Jose Mourinho: Backed by his players

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Real Madrid Iker Casillas insist the team still have "absolute confidence" in boss Jose Mourinho, urging dissenting fans not to forget the success he has brought to the club.

Madrid go into Saturday's clash at home to Atletico third in the Primera Division, eight points behind their derby rivals and 11 adrift of leaders Barcelona.

The champions lost at Real Betis last weekend as their hopes of defending their crown receded further and the team was jeered during Tuesday's Copa Del Rey win over Alcoyano at the Bernabeu.

But Casillas told the club's official website: "We have absolute confidence in Mourinho.

"He is a coach that has given us a lot. He took a very young team up against a team like Barcelona, which was winning lots of titles, and has managed to bring them to a similar level.

"Every time there is a match between the two teams now there is no favourite like Barcelona were before.

"The coach arrived at a new team, which was very young three years ago and I think much of Real Madrid's success has been because of him.

"He has had some very good seasons. Being the best coach in the world is very demanding and perhaps that's the problem that he has.

"I think a couple of months ago the people that were whistling yesterday were the people who were clapping and cheering when we won the league.

"Memories are short in football and maybe people do not remember who took the team to a record-breaking league title, the most goals, the most points. We must also remember the good times.

"This team does not want to stop and wants to achieve more."

This season, however, it is another capital club who have emerged as Barca's closest challengers with Atletico having won 11 of their opening 13 league games.

And Casillas knows the hosts have to close the cap on the top two if their are to remain contenders.

"It is an exciting match that people want to see, especially the opponents' fans because they are coming into it playing well, but for us it is a vital match," the Spain keeper said.

"We have to do what is needed and that is to win and to keep believing. We have a match against an opponent who is above us and if we beat them we the cut points difference."

Should Madrid get a result, Barcelona have the chance to extend their lead at the top when they host Athletic Bilbao.

The visitors won their rescheduled Europa League clash in Israel against Ironi Kiryat Shmona yesterday as unbeaten Barca cruised past Alaves in the cup.

David Villa took his career goals total past the 300 mark in that game, playing the full 90 minutes as he continued his recovery from the broken ankle he suffered last season.

"I hadn't played a whole match for a long time and I'm very happy to have lasted the full 90 minutes," the striker said on the club website.

"I've made the recovery and I feel great. Since Monday I've been training without any ankle problems."

Elsewhere on Saturday, fourth-placed Malaga, who are just four points behind Madrid, travel to Getafe and Valencia welcome Real Sociedad.

On Sunday, Javier Aguirre takes charge of Espanyol for the first time as the league's bottom club travel to relegation rivals Granada.

Former Mexico boss Aguirre has replaced Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked on Monday, and will try and earn the Catalan club only their third league win of the campaign.

They go into the game two points behind their opponents and victory could lift them out of the bottom three.

Another struggling side, Deportivo La Coruna welcome Real Betis, while sixth-placed Levante head to Celta Vigo and Real Mallorca host Real Zaragoza.

This weekend's round of fixtures starts on Friday night with second bottom Osasuna at home to Rayo Vallecano, while on Monday, Sevilla host Real Valladolid.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich: Lionel Messi double puts Barca in control

Two goals from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona beat Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

Graham Taylor rejects claims he was asked to cap number of black players in England side

Graham Taylor has denied claims that the Football Association tried to cap the number of black players when he was in charge of the England team.

Spanish football could be shut down from May 16 over TV rights argument

La Liga faces being shut down from May 16 over an argument between Spain's football federation and the Government.

Mail Box

Coutinho Better Than Cazorla And Cesc...

Philippe Coutinho has outperformed Santi Cazorla AND Cesc Fabregas, while Arsenal need no new signings. We also have mails on Olivier Giroud and shopping lists...

Giroud Is More Than Good Enough...

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are integral to Arsenal's title hopes next season. There's also more on handballs, Juventus, and Ronaldo holding Bale back...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company