REAL MADRID

Casilla: Camp Nou game was key to Champions League win

The Real Madrid goalkeeper says that the comeback win was key to their Champions League success.Champions League Final 2017

Karim Benzema scores against Barcelona.
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Barcelona - Real Madrid Live

A comeback win on April 2nd last season for Real Madrid in El Clásico at the Camp Nou was key to Real Madrid's Champions League success, according to Kiko Casilla.

Kiko Casilla trains with Keylor Navas for Real Madrid.

Kiko Casilla trains with Keylor Navas for Real Madrid.

Pique scored the opening goal after 15 minutes of the second half of that game before Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo goals gave Zinedine Zidane's side a lead they would not reliniquish. Despite finishing second in the league to Barcelona, just a few weeks later they would capture their 11th Champions League title in a penalty shootout win against Atletico Madrid.

Fighting until the end

"The win at the Camp Nou last year was key. We gained so much confidence from that result. The group needed that victory. That goal by Pique put us behind Barcelona by 12 but we finished the game just six behind them. That was important because after that we fought in La Liga until the very end, which helped us in the Champions League final."