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Casillas would sacrifice La Liga for Champions League

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas says he would be happy to give Barcelona the La Liga crown if it ensured his club won their 10th Champions League.

A number of supporters and pundits have written off Jose Mourinho’s side in the race for the La Liga title, after a poor start to the season has seen them fall 11 points behind Barcelona.

But goalkeeper Casillas admitted that he would give their fierce rivals a landslide victory in the Spanish top flight if they were assured of European football’s biggest prize.

“I do not have to think about it. If you told me now that we would finish 25 points behind Barcelona in La Liga that is obviously not ideal as the domestic competition is very important,” he told Spanish TV station La Sexta.

“But if you tell me that we are going to win La Decima, I would sign for that right now.”

Mourinho is currently preparing his side for their Copa del Rey round-of-16 match against Celta Vigo on Wednesday, and assistant coach Aitor Karanka denied that the club have only one priority and that they will be doing all they can to win all the competitions they take part in.

“Is the priority the cup or the league? At this club, and for its coaching staff, the priorities are all titles and all matches,” he said.

“The cup match has no less priority than any other match.”

The former Athletic Bilbao defender also revealed that Real are doing all they can to close the gap at the top of the league as they aim to win back-to-back titles for the first time since 2008.

“We do not think like Casillas. The coaching staff are already quite uncomfortable with the gap and we do not want to be further behind. Here you fight for every title, and so we will continue addressing it,” he said.

Tue 11 December, 2012
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