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Real Madrid's Iker Casillas will silence boo boys in Juventus clash: Carlo Ancelotti

By Staff Reporter

Published 13/05/2015

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17: Goalkeeper Iker Casillas is seen during a Real Madrid training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League match against FC Schalke 04 at Veltins Arena on February 17, 2015 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17: Goalkeeper Iker Casillas is seen during a Real Madrid training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League match against FC Schalke 04 at Veltins Arena on February 17, 2015 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been backed to take motivation from fans' jeers as Los Blancos prepare for tonight's crucial Champions League clash against Juventus.

Sections of the Santiago Bernabeu support appeared to be unhappy with Casillas' role during Saturday's 2-2 draw against Valencia, where Real needed two second-half goals to earn a point.

It was the third straight time Madrid had conceded two in a game, following a 3-2 win over Sevilla and the 2-1 defeat to Juventus in the semi-final first leg in Turin.

Casillas had, according to reports in Spain, appeared frustrated with the crowd reaction during the Valencia game, but Real boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident his number one will bounce back superbly in what will be his 150th Champions League appearance.

Ancelotti said: "Casillas has a great amount of experience; he's used to this kind of thing and it doesn't affect him. In fact, I think it motivates him.

"I've said before, sometimes I understand it (jeers) because the players don't play well. Sometimes you understand it, but I think tomorrow will be different.

"All Madrid fans understand when it's an important game. Many times in the past they've really got behind us, as they did against Atletico (Madrid), last year in the semi-final they really got behind us and I'm sure they'll do so again."

Meanwhile, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is in line for an appearance after he made a goalscoring return from a two-month injury lay-off to earn a 1-1 draw against Cagliari on Saturday.

A fourth-straight Serie A title was wrapped up in early May, meaning the Juve's full focus is on the Champions League, as opposed to Madrid who are still chasing Barcelona in La Liga.

Tonight also sees a return to Madrid for Alvaro Morata, who scored against his former club in the first leg, but when asked if there were any ill feelings from his Bernabeu exit last summer, the Spaniard wsaid: "I do not have (a grudge) against anyone.

"I am grateful to Ancelotti for giving me so many opportunities to play, including those few minutes in the Champions League final.

"I don't have to prove anything. I am a Juventus player and I will do my best for the team."

Champions League: Real Madrid v Juventus, Bernabeu, 7.45pm (Sky)

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