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HindustanTimes Mon,29 Dec 2014

Football

Casillas wary of Barcelona backlash
Reuters
Madrid, March 02, 2013
First Published: 00:54 IST(2/3/2013)
Last Updated: 00:55 IST(2/3/2013)

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas is expecting a backlash from Barcelona when the two meet again in the league on Saturday after Madrid's 3-1 victo-ry over the Catalans on Tuesday.

The Spanish champions booked their place in the Spanish Cup final with a complete performance that restricted Barca to very little going forward and contained their usual lightning speed on the counter-attack.

But Casillas believes he knows many of his international colleagues in the Barca side too well to think they will take defeat lying down.

"I know many of the Barcelona players and I know that they are competitive," he told the club's website.

Despite their joy in the cup, in the league it is Barca who have been the dominant force this season as they arrive in the capital with a 16-point advantage over Real.


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