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Casillas: We would have beaten Man Utd

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has claimed that his side would have beaten Manchester United if they had reached the Champions League final.

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Madrid fell to Barcelona in the semi-finals amid much furore over the performance of the referee in the first leg and the behaviour of the Barca players, and Casillas was forced to watch as his closest rivals overcame United 3-1 to lift the trophy in a dominant showing at Wembley.

However, the Spain international is certain that his country holds the two best teams in the world and that Madrid would have triumphed in London as well.

"If Madrid had played the final of the Champions League we would also have earned [victory] against United," Casillas told Sport. "I knew whoever won the Madrid-Barca semi-final was going to win [the competition]. We are the two strongest teams in Europe."

Madrid claimed the Copa del Rey final to stop Barcelona completing another Treble, and Casillas claimed that it was a good season for the club.

"I believe the season was positive both on a personal and collective level,'' he added. "We had chances to win the three titles at the end of the campaign. We lost that chance in La Liga two weeks before it ended, but I believe we had a rather good run.

"It [my most special moment of the season] was obviously winning the Copa del Rey, a title all Madridismo was anxious to win, and it happened in a beautiful final. For me that was the greatest moment of the season."

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