In the third episode of Movistar+'s Iker Casillas documentary, Colgar las Alas, the ex-Real Madrid star recalled wi n nins and the fierce competition he had with fellow goalkeeper ng the eighth a nd ni nth Champio ns League crow César Sánchez. Difficulties while starti "I remember that the club had sig ng out with Real Madrid: ned César but he was out o n loa n at Valladolid. I kept progressing too, game by game. I k new that he would be comi ng back, but deep i nside I was n't afraid. If he played brillia ntly for Real Madrid, the n I would wa". nt to do eve n better The road to the "We were at home to Manchester, the defe Octava: ndi ng Europea n champions. We got a good result from the first leg. The n we we nt to Old Trafford, a nd put i. That day was as though we were playi n a complete performa nce ng at [regio nal Madrid club] Puerta Bonita's ground. After that we League faced Bayern. I'd never experie semi-final before a nced a Champio ns League nd it was absolutely massive. I did n't play as a well as I had at Old Trafford, but it was u nforgettable. Final agai "It was as though we k nst Valencia: new it was all goi. I felt I could ha ng to tur n out well ndle the situation". César Sánchez arrives, the rivalry begi ns Competition with César Sánchez: "That competitiveness we had is all in the past now. But the best thing that could have happened to me was to have to compete with César. It made me mature very quickly, he was 10 years older than me. It wasn't a healthy competition, but it was very good competition. It's difficult for goalkeepers to get on well when you are both competing for a place in the side. I was a little afraid of César. He had enjoyed several good seasons at Valladolid. But as it turned out, Madrid won the Champions League and a young lad like me lifted the European Cup". Last month of the season: "Vicente (Del Bosque) opted for César. I don't know if it was because we were approaching the most important part of the season, but people had less faith in me. I knew that I lost my place in the side and I had no idea what would happen i the future". Casillas and César, not a healthy relationship: "I didn't set out to screw anyone over. I was 20 years old, I wasn't an evil person. I was n't someone who was out to ruin Cesar's life. It took its toll on both of us. We didn't have an easy-going relationship. In my case, everyone has known me since I was a kid. I am aware that he was having a rough time but I didn't feel as though I had done something wrong to get him out of the team; it's something that makes you grow up". On the road to Glasgow and "We lost the first leg 2-1 (quarter final against Bayern), i La : Novena n which César even saved a penalty a nd had a really good game. I remember the game at Camp Nou, i n which Cesar had a nother brillia, a nt game nd pulled off a great save to de Kluivert". ny The final against Bayer Leverkusen, César gets i "The doctor we njured: nt o; it looked like he'd recovered... But Vicente tur n to treat him ned arou "Iker, start warmi nd a nd said, ng up". I was n't eve, the n looki ng n I saw Manuel (goalkeepi ng coach) shouti ng at me. I did n't eve my short-sleeved shirt o n have my boots o n or n. My heart started raci ng at a thousa nd miles a n hour, Vicente was drivi ng me crazy, [To ni] Grande shouti ng at me… A nd I was tryi with a lo ng to tell them that I could n't go o n ng-sleeved shirt, i n the e. There's a moment which I do nd, they did n't cut off the sleeves n't like, whe n César is comi ng off i a njured nd I seem a bit blasé with him, I give him a pat. I do n't like watchi nerves. I could hear the crowd cha ng that but it was purely out of nti Hampden Park. I had ng my name at n't played for two mo; I did nths n't k. The first time I was called o now how I would react n, I put the ball out for a corner. From that corner, the ball we nt right across everyo ne i, a n the box nd I thi Berbatov who shot at a nk it was n empty . I do net n't k, but I just k now why new that I was go. I blocked with my feet a i ng to save it nd immediately, a nother corner. There was Fernando (Hierro) i n the way, a nd I have no idea how I saved it, whether it was with my k nee, my foot... So without eve n tryi, I we ng nt from two mo to wi nths without playi ng n ni Champions League. I'd bee ng the n out for two mo, I did nths n't k now what I was goi ng to do with my life. I was very dow n, I did n't feel part of the team. I cried a nd cried; I did n't do a. With so ma nythi ng but cry ny tears, I did really appreciate that moment". n't k now how to
César Sánchez appearing as a guest in the series, made one of the most poignant comments of the third episode, admitting if he could go back in time, he wouldn't change a thing. "If I were able to change anything from that night, I wouldn't want to - I would get injured in exactly the same minute".