Casillas keeps faith in winning Primera Liga title

10:27, May 11, 2010      

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas on Monday insisted he was keeping the faith in his side's ability to win the BBVA Primera Liga title.

With just one game remaining in the season Real Madrid trails league leaders FC Barcelona with one point. If Madrid are to win the league they need to win their last game of the season away to Malaga while Barcelona fails to beat Valladolid in the Camp Nou Stadium.

Valladolid is one of four sides on 36 points battling to avoid relegation and anything other than a win for Barcelona would be the biggest surprise of a Spanish season that has produced very few surprises.

However, Casillas insisted that he and his teammates can't afford to give up hope.

"We know it won't be easy to win the title. We'll have to win and wait," he said, before remembering the 1991/2 season when Madrid lost the title following a last day defeat.

"Barcelona won the title in a situation like the one we are in now 17 or 18 years ago. Real Madrid had to win in Tenerife and they lost. I was very young, but I remember. It seemed impossible for Real Madrid to lose, but they did and Barcelona took the title," he said, recalling the 3-1 defeat that was so costly to Madrid.

"It won't be easy to win the title. Everything seems to be against us, but there is much at stake for Valladolid; they don't want to be relegated. There are also high stakes for Malaga. Both matches will be complicated. We'll see what's happened at 9pm."

With Barcelona 28 points ahead of third placed Valencia, this has been a season where the big two have used their economic power to leave all of the other sides in Spain training in their wake.

The Spain International keeper believes it is a shame that one of the two sides has to finish second.

"It's a shame only one team can win the title because both have had a great season. Barcelona have the advantage and they deserve to have it," he concluded.



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