Casillas: Oblak was fantastic

Iker Casillas

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas praised rival goalkeeper, Jan Oblak, after the 0-0 Champions League draw at the Vicente Calderon.

Speaking after the final whistle to Spanish broadcaster, TVE, Real Madrid 'keeper Iker Casillas offered his immediate reactions, after his side were held to a goal-less draw at the Vicente Calderon against Atletico Madrid.

Looking at the positive side of the result, Casillas suggested: "A 0-0 draw leaves the second-leg wide open and it will be a great game. It'll be a really attractive game. We're hoping we'll have a good game. We're playing at home and we'll be looking for the win."

One of the key talking points, was an incident early in the second half. Sergio Ramos caught Atletico striker, Mario Mandzukic, in the face with an elbow, inside the penalty area and as both challenged in the air. The Croatian furious in his protests to the referee, with blood streaming down his face, feeling the elbow in his face was clearly a foul.

Regarding that decision and the actions of the Serbian match official, Casillas commented: "As far as I'm concerned, he was fine. If we have to analyse every action though, he could have been a little tougher. Both sides competed with intensity. The referee isn't the main protagonist, and I think he was fine for both sides."

Turning attention away from controversy, the Spain and Real Madrid captain took a moment to praise his Atletico counterpart between the posts, full of praise for Jan Oblak and highlighting: "He was the centre of attention in the first half. We deserved more, but he was fantastic."

Finally, and after a yellow card for Marcelo sees the left-back miss the second-leg, Casillas acknowledged: "We'll miss him and he's an important player to lose, but we have an abundance of alternative options. We don't like having anyone out, but we just have to get over that."

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