Casillas: I was nervous

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas said he was nervous on starting against Haiti after so much time inactive.

The Real Madrid stopper was substituted by Liverpool’s Pepe Reina in the second half and spoke to the Telecinco microphones at the end of the game.

“I’ve not played for around four months and it’s been a long time, but I’ve had to carry on training to take advantage of any opportunities that arise.

“Sometimes it’s good to go through something like that as it makes you appreciate it more when you play, but after so long you face it differently.

“I was happy but nervous and after so long out it affects you, but I see myself as fighting for a place, although I was at a disadvantage with respect to my teammates.

“But I will fight with Pepe [Reina] and Victor [Valdes],” explained Casillas.

The captain also spoke about Alvaro Arbeloa’s recent comments that suggested the Real Madrid players let former boss Jose Mourinho down.

“We didn’t meet our expectations at Madrid but that has opened a new era for me with the national team. Alvaro has his point of view and that must be respected.

“The important thing is that I’m playing again. We don’t have to talk about Arbeloa but we must respect him, because a lot of what he said was right.”

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