Carlos: Too long for La Decima

Roberto Carlos believes Real Madrid have waited long enough for the club’s 10th European Cup.

The former Brazil international was part of the side that claimed Los Blancos’ ninth crown, in 2002.

He has told Radio Marca that the wait has gone on for long enough but warned it won’t be easy to win the competition this year regardless.

“For any Madridista the 10th European Cup is taking too long. Again we’re in the semi-final so we have to prepare well,” Carlos said.

“This year is difficult, with three competitions and the obligation to win and maintain a high level for a full year.

“I have no idea who the favourites are. Bayern Munich are playing great football.

“The way Atletico Madrid are playing, the history of Madrid, Chelsea with Jose Mourinho. He’s criticised a lot but for me he’s one of the best Coaches in the world.

“A Madrid-Chelsea semi would be great but it could go either way.”

Should Atletico be drawn with Chelsea then it remains to be seen if Thibaut Courtois will be able to play. It was confirmed by Atletico President Enrique Cerezo that Atletico will have to pay €3m per game for Courtois to line-up against his parent club.

“That’s too much to pay for two games,” Carlos argued.

“But in football anything is possible. Courtois won’t have to work harder but Atletico will.

“Madrid have two great goalkeepers and Carlo Ancelotti has done well putting Iker Casillas in the Champions League and Diego Lopez in the League.”

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