Real Madrid Defender Pepe Confident Ahead Of Espanyol Clash

Pepe believes that Madrid can defeat Espanyol.
Real Madrid centre-back Pepe believes the Blancos will defeat Espanyol at the Bernabeu on Tuesday evening.

Speaking on the eve of Madrid's fourth league game of the season, Pepe said he is certain that they can gather maximum points if they maintain their focus for 90 minutes.

"This will be an exciting match," the Portugal international is quoted as saying by the club's official website. "Espanyol want to perform well and we must be ready to respond. Winning is important so that we stay on track in La Liga. We will win if we stay as focused and determined as we were in previous matches.

"My main duty is to defend, but I will always try to score if I have the chance. I would love to help my team out and repay the fans for all their support during the time I was injured in that manner."

Pepe went on to praise his fellow compatriot Ricardo Carvalho.

"I feel great playing alongside Ricardo Carvalho, just as I do with [Raul] Albiol and [Ezequiel] Garay. Ricardo and I had played together for Portugal. Knowing one another makes it easier. He is a great player. He is very experienced and he will contribute a lot to Real Madrid.

"[Jose] Mourinho is a hard worker. He demands a lot of his players because of our talent and where we are. He wants us to always put forth our best effort. He is always on top of us so that we do not make mistakes, or to at least minimize them.

Pepe concluded by stating Espanyol's strikers have the talent to threaten his side's defence.

"Sergio Garcia and [Jose Maria] Callejon are two great players. We need to remain focused. The centre-backs must always stay close to both of them because they can be very dangerous when given room to work with."

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