Formula 1 star believes Real Madrid captain deserves respect

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso hopes to see an all Spanish Champions League final, as Real Madrid and Barcelona battle for glory in the semi-finals.

When he's not rocketing around racing circuits, Spanish Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso is a keen follower of football.

With two Spanish teams in the Champions League semi-finals, along with the chance of an all-Spanish final, Alonso offered his thoughts to news agency, Europa Press.

"I'm hoping that Real Madrid make a comeback and we'll see two Spanish teams in the Berlin final." He enthused, whilst adding: "I wish the best of luck to Luis Enrique, as he's a fellow Asturian."

Although keen to see his regional compatriot do well, Alonso is a self-confessed fan of Real Madrid. That didn't stop him offering his views on the possibility of Barcelona winning the treble.

He explained: "I don't know if they'll win the treble or not, in La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Champions League, but what is clear is that to opt for those titles, you have to be there fighting for them, at the opportune moment."

Barcelona have an excellent 3-0 advantage, ahead of their trip to Bavaria, where they'll hope to finish the job against Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, Real Madrid must overcome a 2-1 first-leg defeat against Juventus, but are confident of doing that at the Bernabeu.

Regarding the team he loves the most, Real Madrid, the 33-year-old driving ace backed goalkeeper Iker Casillas, following his reactions to angry whistles from the Bernabeu crowd over the weekend, when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia.

Defending the actions of his friend, as far as Alonso is concerned: "A sportsman always tries to give the best of themselves, to do the best they can, as such, Iker Casillas deserves the utmost respect."

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