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The Brazilian international midfielder says confidence in the whites is high as they prepare for a crucial clash with Borussia Monchengladbach
Casemiro says that Real Madrid are facing a Champions League clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach with confidence, with the whites adopting the mentality of “you don’t play finals, you win”.
A meeting with German opponents at the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday has turned into a winner-take-all competition for Zinedine Zidane’s team.
Continental struggles have left Madrid third in Group B with just one match left.
The victory over Mönchengladbach is required to reserve a place in the round of 16 and extend another adventure among the European elite until 2021.
The defeat could be catastrophic for Real, with the possibility that Inter could climb over them and snatch the consolation prize of a place in the last 16 of the Europa League.
Casemiro is giving little thought to that result, and the Brazilian international midfielder is convinced that Zidane’s team will get the result they need at home.
He told reporters at a pre-match press conference: “We know this is the most important game of the year.
“We all know that tomorrow is a final. We have to face it as if it were a final. In this club they have taught us that you don’t play finals, you win them.
“We are not thinking about anything other than winning. We know that there is a good rival and that he is the first in the group, so we have to respect him. But, we will go out to win. “
Casemiro added on the prospect of losing a result in the top two: “If we cannot continue in the Champions League, I would prefer to continue in a competition.
“We would like to win the Europa League. But, we are only thinking about winning and passing.”
Real will face Mönchengladbach after a much-needed La Liga win over Sevilla last time, but momentum has proven difficult to establish this season with matches full of strength and speed.
Casemiro said of those struggles: “I’m not here to make excuses, but we know that this year the preseason was not normal.
“There are some teams in La Liga that only play on weekends, while we play every three days. We don’t have time to rest and we have injuries.
“It is not only at Real Madrid, many other teams are having ups and downs. Because it is impossible to play so many games together.
“We know this is not a normal season. We have many parties. The preseason was not normal and we are not machines. Playing every three days is not normal, that’s why there have been many injuries ”.
One of those who will return to the Madrid fold from the treatment room is Sergio Ramos, with Casemiro delighted to have the patron talisman of whites back.
He added: “He is a leader and he is our captain. Been here a long time.
“We must also congratulate those who have done things well, such as Nacho and [Raphael] Varane. But Ramos is the best and we are very happy that he is back with us ”.