Casillas: I don’t know if this will be my final game or not, we’ll have to see
Spain captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas was left feeling annoyed and frustrated as his side were eliminated from the World Cup, but when it comes to his own future between the posts for La Roja, he remains uncertain.
Following the 2-0 defeat against Chile, which ensured that Spain cannot progress from Group B at the World Cup, captain Iker Casillas was asked for his immediate thoughts, after the final whistle by Spanish broadcasters.
“If you lose the opening two games at the World Cup, that says it all. We must apologise to our fans, but know that we’ve tried to do everything we can to enthuse them once more, but it wasn’t to be. We’re the first to accept responsibility and we’re very annoyed with ourselves. It’s a tough blow and we’ve got to assume our responsibilities.”
Given all the talk about it being the end of a cycle for what has been such a hugely successful era for the Spanish national team, Casillas was probed as to whether that is now clearly the case and whether serious changes are required.
“I don’t think we need to talk about that right now. It’s not the day to start looking for people to blame, pointing fingers or saying if there needs to be changes or not. There are a number of us players beyond the age of thirty now, the manager makes his decisions and we respect them.”
As one of those players over thirty and given the possibility that this could be his last opportunity to participate in a World Cup, Casillas admitted uncertainty about his position in the future, whilst also feeling a sense of disappointment that is also shared by his team-mates.
“I don’t know if this will be my final game or not, we’ll have to see. This group of players doesn’t deserve to end up like this. Now we must try to finish things off the best possible way against Australia. There’s nothing more we can do than look to the future, whilst congratulating Chile, who have played very well against us.”
Clearly crestfallen, the Real Madrid goalkeeper lamented the huge shift in fortunes, between their experiences in South Africa, compared to the disastrous campaign at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“When you don’t have luck on your side and you don’t perform well enough at a World Cup, this is what happens. This is football. Four years ago everything went our way and now it’s negative.”