Barcelona are favourites to win this season’s Champions League and Gerard Pique already has his sights set on the final in May.
Luis Enrique’s team have one foot in the quarter-finals following their 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last week and few would bet against the Catalan giants claiming their sixth European crown.
It’s certainly on Pique’s wishlist. The defender brought up the topic during Iker Casillas’s question and answer session on Twitter and even took a cheeky dig at the former Real Madrid goalkeeper.
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The Spanish duo were involved in several El Clasico matches before Casillas left Los Blancos for Porto in the summer. Now that he is plying his trade in Portugal, the 34-year-old is free to discuss the Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry as much as he wants.
Check out Pique and Casillas’s conversation below, along with a translation from Sport.
Pique and Casillas discuss the Champions League final
"A prediction for the Champions League final?"
"That you're watching it with me at @sefutbol eating some crisps and having some soft drinks!"
"If you end up paying [for the snacks] it will be a bigger achievement than winning the Champions League!"
The shot-stopper broke down in tears as he announced his farewell from the Santiago Bernabeu in July. Casillas enjoyed 16 fruitful seasons at Madrid, winning five La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey cups and three Champions League winners medals.
It wasn’t always rosy for Spain’s former number one, though. In a recent appearance on Spanish television show ‘En la tuya o en la mía’, Casillas revealed how his relationship with Jose Mourinho hit rock-bottom during the Portuguese’s final season in charge of Los Blancos.
Mourinho’s decision to drop Casillas for Madrid’s trip to Malaga in 2012 became the start of a power struggle between the pair as the former Chelsea boss refused to select the World Cup winner in his starting line-up.
Casillas said, per 101GreatGoals: “There was a tremendous war. In the last year, we did not talk at all. It was an ugly situation.
"Our relationship changed after the team did not do well in the 2012/13 season. We had to be more united, but everything changed from September to December 2013 with my substitution in Malaga.
"Besides that, he (Mourinho) did not feel good that I was talking to the players of Barcelona.
"It was the talk of the world and I think I did my best. My situation in Madrid was flawed since that time. I was not feeling well on a personal level, I wanted to play and compete. The best thing was to leave."
It was an immensely sad way for Casillas’ 25-year association with Real Madrid to end. However, he wasn’t the first player, and certainly won’t be the last, to fall out with Mourinho.
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