The La Mancha-born trainer has continued to support his distressed defender while also speaking about Barca, the title race, and his former club.
As Los Blancos begin plans for their clash with Sevilla this Sunday amid much controversy and Juande prepares for a homecoming, the man from
“Pepe knows that his actions were serious and it will not happen again,” he said in an interview with AS.
“He lost his composure and in a crazy moment, it triggered the incident. But Pepe is like a piece of bread. He’s incapable of hurting a fly. He asked us to let him face the press because he wanted to apologise.
“He told us he realised what had happened and that he had gone crazy.”
Juande was then asked if the criticism dished out on the centre-back has been too hard or if
“I do not want to judge the statements made by other people, but to take the pressure off the lad, I will say that he simply lost his cool,” he offered. “His repentance was spontaneous and his apology says it all.
“Besides, if he really wanted to hurt Casquero, he would have. Pepe unleashed his rage and it was a mistake, but he never wanted to harm anyone.”
The coach’s first task now will be to find a suitable replacement for the Portuguese for the trip to his old club, Sevilla.
“We have the option of [Christoph] Metzelder and Sergio Ramos, and possibly [Gabriel] Heinze depending on his recovery, although I do not think he’ll be able to travel to
“It’s normal for us to face a hostile reception and Sevilla will utilise everything they can to make sure they qualify for the Champions League.
Juande admitted that there’s a huge gulf in difference between
He said, “I believe that good football leads to victory and this is what we seek, but we are not obtaining it. My only explanation is that the pressure to win from fans is harming us and it’s preventing us from reaching the level required of
“Nobody will deny that Barca are playing more brilliantly than
“Look, we cannot make individual comparisons because when you talk about Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, you know you will lose. But Real Madrid are a team in big, capital letters and that is our strength.”
While Los Blancos visit Sevilla on Sunday for a CET kick-off, the Blaugrana will have an even tougher task as they travel to in-form
KS Leong, Goal.com