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Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas believes his side can 'make history' this season. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas believes his side can 'make history' this season. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas believes his side can 'make history' this season. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas believes the European champions have a side with the potential to be one of the all-time greats and it will be with likely trepidation that an off-colour Liverpool visit the Bernabeu.

Led by Cristiano Ronaldo, Real have been in majestic form with 46 goals in their last 11 games as they have torn apart opposition in both Spain and Europe, with another win tonight guaranteeing progression to the Champions League last 16.

The Group B match comes two weeks after Liverpool were easily beaten 3-0 at home by Real in the reverse fixture, and that was with Carlo Ancelotti's side easing off in the second half with El Clasico on the horizon. They then swept aside Barcelona and hit four without reply at Granada in another exhibition of exhilarating attacking football on Saturday.

"This team can make history, there are good ingredients," Casillas claimed. "We are hoping to win the top trophies. We have a good mix of youngsters and older players that can show them what it is to be Madrid and how they need to play."

Real lead the group with nine points from three games while Ludogorets, Liverpool and Basel all have three points.

"The team is building on the two trophies that we won and we are looking to continue this. The results back this up and the players that have come in have a lot of quality, as did those who left," added Casillas.

"The current Real Madrid team is one that began to be built up during last season when we managed to win the European Cup and the Copa del Rey.

"We have excellent players. Some have had to leave us, though they were important to us, but other players have come in and they have adapted well and are bringing in positive results. This could be the best Real Madrid side I've played in and hopefully by the end of the season we'll have won some big competitions."

The veteran goalkeeper has also welcomed the increased competitiveness of the Spanish league, which he feels is pushing all teams to a new level.

"It's great from the competitive point of view. In other years it was just a straight fight between Real Madrid and Barcelona," he added.

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"But then Atletico joined in and now there are five or six teams up there."


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