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Iker Casillas brushes off criticism after earning milestone victory

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas stopped a late-game penalty and made several key saves during his side’s 3-2 victory over Sevilla on Saturday.

With the win, Casillas equaled legendary shot stopper Andoni Zubizarreta’s record for La Liga victories.

Despite continuing to show world class qualities, Casillas has received criticism from a section of supporters who want to see the 33-year-old replaced by Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Following Real Madrid’s 3-2 victory at the Sanchez Pizjuan, the team captain was asked his thoughts on reaching his milestone victory and about the criticism he has been receiving this season.

“I’m constantly in the firing line, I got used to it months ago,” Casillas said. “I take it in good humor.

“The numbers? They are impressive but I don’t take any notice of them. I’ll savor them later on.”

The victory over Sevilla means Real Madrid once again trail league leader Barcelona by two points with a handful of games remaining. They are now preparing for a nine-day stretch which will likely define their domestic and European campaigns.

Tomorrow, Real Madrid will travel to Turin ahead of the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Juventus. Following that match they return to Spain to prepare for a crucial league game against fourth place Valencia, who are fighting for the final Champions League position in Spain with Sevilla, before completing the difficult run of games against Juventus at home on May 13th.

 

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