Casillas upbeat despite Barca's eight-point lead

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas yesterday played down the eight-point gap separating the defending champions from league leaders Barcelona, saying the disparity in the standings won’t become important until December.

Casillas said he was satisfied with his side’s 2-2 draw against their arch-rivals Barca on Sunday, telling Cope radio it was far too early to be overly concerned about Real’s position in the table.

Iker Casillas

“If we are still eight points behind in the month of December, I would be more pessimistic regarding La Liga. But now, there are still numerous matches to play. A 2-2 at Camp Nou is a good result, even from the point of view of goal average,” explained Casillas.

Casillas also voiced his support for teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, who matched Lionel Messi with two goals in Sunday’s Clasico, in the race with the Argentine superstar for this year’s Ballon d’Or award.

“I choose Cristiano, it’s clear. Because he is a player who has brought us an awful lot during all these seasons and I know him well,” said Casillas.

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