Former Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas believes that Los Blancos are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season.
Despite losing to Sheriff Tiraspol on home soil, Real Madrid currently sit top of Group D with nine points from their opening four games, with their last two matches of the group stage seeing them travel to Moldova before hosting Inter.
“I think this Real Madrid [team] can win [the Champions League],” Casillas said during the MARCA Sport Weekend in Seville.
“I think that there are four or five favourites. I do believe that Bayern Munich play extremely well, home and away. Real Madrid have been able to bring in young players.”
Casillas on Xavi
Casillas went on to declare that the first time he thought Xavi Hernandez would go on to become a coach was when they were on international duty with Spain.
“Xavi is the clearest example of someone who wanted to be a coach,” added Casillas.
“It does not surprise me that he is now the Barcelona coach. You could already see him [thinking in that way] on our national team trips.”
Casillas also broke down the reasons why he has not considered following in Xavi’s steps by becoming a coach.
“I don’t want to be a coach,” Casillas noted.
“I may seem like a very soft and gentle guy, but when I get onto the pitch I can become somewhat aggressive. To be a coach, you have to have a certain character and there were teammates who were very clear about it.”
“I want to get the coaching qualification, but it is not something that I’d like [to do] in the future.”