"imagine that voice far below crying:
come back -- come back."
“Funnily enough, I got into football because my father used to get bored with being in goal and we would swap places. My aunt and uncle gave me a goalkeeper’s shirt and a pair of gloves and that’s how it started. I have been here since I was eight. I’ve seen what the sports complex looked like before and what it looks like now, during my time here. I’ve been at Real Madrid for almost 15 years. I wouldn’t even think of leaving right now. I’ve always dreamt of starting here and retiring here. I’m delighted to be playing alongside these players and to think that in the future I’ll be able to say I played with Zidane or Ronaldo. But for now, I see them daily. Besides, I was here first so it’s as if they moved into my home after me.”
Todos en torno a Iker Casillas
Clos Gómez pitó el final de los 90 minutos. 1-1 y prórroga. Los jugadores del Madrid, nucleados en torno a Casillas que, de nuevo suplente, tiró de capitanía para dar un paso al frente y coger los mandos de un equipo sin referente técnico.
Mientras Karanka indagaba en vano el paradero de Mourinho, Casillas, experimentado en superar prórrogas en grandes citas, tomó el mando de la situación en el césped y se encargó de dar ánimos e instrucciones a sus compañeros. Todos, rodeándole, le escuchaban. Sin la presencia de Mourinho y su ayudante, él era la autoridad.
Al pitar Clos Gómez el final, Casillas volvió a ejercer de capitán. Fue consolando a sus compañeros y felicitando, uno a uno, a todos los jugadores rojiblancos
Everyone around Iker Casillas
Clos Gómez blew the final whistle after the regular 90 minutes. 1-1 and extra time. The Madrid players, surrounding Casillas, a substitute again, who acted like a captain and made one step ahead and took control of a team left with no coach.
While Karanka was looking in vain for Mourinho, Casillas experienced in overcoming extra times during important games, took control of the situation on the field and started to encourage and give instructions to his team mates. All of them, surrounding him, were listening to him. Without the presence of Mourinho or his assistant, he was the authority.
When Clos Gomes blew the final whistle, Casillas acted once again as a captain. He went to console his team mates and to congratulate all the red-white players.