NEWS | 22/04/2015 | Bárbara Jiménez“We showed our quality and team spirit”, added Pepe.
"Football always gives you the chance for revenge and that's nice. What better way than at home and in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. They're magical nights that this sport gives you the opportunity to experience. We deserved to go through".
Position in central midfield
“It was a secret that was kept until the last minute. I knew about the decision since Sunday because we had a test run in the Camp Nou that didn't go very well. I like coaches who are good people but more importantly who have personality, and Ancelotti is one of them. The manager deserves praise today. I'm just one of the squad members”.
Confrontation with Giménez
“It's just the usual on pitch argument. They were after me because they knew a booking would result in me missing the semi-final and that I wasn't able to get involved. If they got me in another situation then perhaps it could have been different but it wasn't going to happen today. I didn't have any confrontations with anyone in the tunnel”.
Atlético's sending off
“That was a pivotal moment because he had been booked during the first half and I think his studs were clearly showing”.
“I would like to thank him from the bottom of my heart for the faith he showed in me for such an important game. I always try to help the team and I like being challenged and playing in that position”.
Rival in the semi-finals
“If I could choose then I'd tell you but I won't say anything in case we get someone else. I don't think there is a favourite, we all deserve to be this far and it is up to us to defend our title”.
Pepe: “We went out to win despite the injuries”
“We probably deserved more from the first leg. 0-0 was an unfair result for us, but I think that once again we have shown our quality and team spirit. We went out to win the game despite our injuries, and started with non regulars like Chicharito, who made everyone very happy”.
“The manager knows a lot about football and has a very extensive knowledge. He studied today's match well and went with Sergio in midfield. He played a good game and helped us out big time”.
Taking the initiative
“We had to win the second balls because Atlético weren't going to take the initiative in our stadium. We were always going to have the initiative and we needed to recover possession quickly and that's exactly what we did. Everyone put in good performances and the manager did a great job of preparing us”.
“We played excellently in the first leg and we should have scored. It wasn't to be but we knew that as long as we could match that level of intensity and show the humility we need for games then we would have plenty of chances to secure our place in the next round. And that's what happened”.