Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas said yesterday that he still believes his side can progress to the Champions League final, despite being battered 4-1 in the first-leg of their semi-final against Borussia Dortmund.
Robert Lewandowski was the hero for the Germans as he became the first man to score a hat-trick against Real in the Champions League with all four goals on the evening.
But Casillas said he was convinced that Los Blancos have the weapons to produce a famous comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, even if many are already writing them off.
“The belief in the comeback exists,” he told a press conference in Madrid. He added: “I think there is a great opportunity. We are playing at home, the fans will be motivated and what we need to do is ask for their support.
“For the individual and collective qualities, I think that in the Bernabeu we have the players to come back in this tie. The ideal thing, without underestimating Dortmund, would be to go into half-time 2-0 up. I believe we have more individual quality than them.
“We are a step from the final with a very adverse result and we are conscious that just to get to a semi-final is very difficult. I have had years of getting to the last-16 and quarter-finals and every year that passes it hurts me because it is another year we go out losing. All we are thinking about is fighting until we are left without air at the Bernabeu to try and get into the final.”
The final takes place on May 25 at London’s Wembley stadium. Casillas had to watch the match from the bench as he continues to be overlooked by manager Jose Mourinho in favour of Diego Lopez.