The defender of Porto revealed that the recorded stretch was not the complete dialogue between them and told what was their response to the provocation of CR7.
“I had left the field because it opened my eyebrow, it was bleeding. Cristiano Ronaldo came to check if I was okay, told me to be careful with a blow to the head. Then he said to me: ‘Come on, I want to win with you on the field “I replied: ‘OK. You will win with me on the field, but we will qualify.’ And it happened. So, whoever recorded his video provoking me, did not show that part of the answer,” said the Portuguese-Brazilian defender in interview with TNT Sports.
Suffering as the key to progress
Pepe also assessed that Porto’s suffering was one of the main reasons that led the team to the classification. The defender said he knew that the adverse situation faced by the team in the 90 minutes – the team played part of the game with one less man and spent a lot of time just defending themselves – would not be in vain.
“It was a great game (against Juventus) because we played against the team of the one who, for me, is the best player in the world. It was a challenge for me – and for him too. And I think what prevailed was the work of our team. We knew how to suffer, we explored Juventus’ weaknesses and we focused on that “, he analyzed.
“I had the feeling in that game that we were suffering a lot and that it would not be in vain, I knew we were going to score. When we went to overtime, we looked at each other and said: ‘it is possible’ “, completed.
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