Real Madrid idol Iker Casillas has said that he would prefer not to meet Chelsea in the Champions League as his side bid to become the first team to win the competition two years in a row since its reform.
The Spanish international has regained his number one spot after a previous lengthy tussle with Diego Lopez which started during Jose Mourinho’s tenure at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The duo simply didn’t get along, and their fractious relationship caused a number of players at Madrid to take sides – no more so than Casillas and now Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso.
Regardless of Mourinho’s so-called controversial personality, there is little denying his reputation as a world class coach evident by the Blues’ fabulous change in fortunes from the previous campaign.
The West Londoners currently top the Premier League table and in their quest to claim a unique quadruple they have become a team to fear, even for the reigning European and World club champions.
“I really hope we don’t get drawn to play against Chelsea,” Casillas told Spanish paper Marca when quizzed on a possible Champions League showdown. “Mourinho has them playing phenomenal.”
Despite the well-publicised differences between the two, Casillas hinted that his relationship with Mourinho is now water under the bridge and admitted he wouldn’t shy away from greeting his former boss.
'If I saw him I would shake his hand of course," he said. "Maybe in the past we would look the other way but if we crossed paths I would offer him my hand.
“Then it would be up to him to shake mine or not but I believe he would,” the Spaniard added.
Real Madrid take on Schalke 04 in the last 16 of the Champions League, whereas the Blues face a trickier test against French champions Paris Saint-Germain.