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Pepe: “It is difficult to play in Turin but we dream of reaching the final"

NEWS | 04/05/2015 | Alberto Navarro (Turín)

“We are excited to be defending the title and are confident of getting a good result", stated the defender.
Pepe gave a press conference less than 24 hours ahead of Real Madrid's game against Juventus  in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals. The Whites defender spoke about the game against the Italian side: "We know how complicated the game will be and the difficulty of playing here, but we dream of reaching the final. We will approach the game seriously and at this point in the competition being favourites does not win games. We are excited to be defending the title and the players picked by the manager will be really excited about playing a good game".

"It is going to be a very difficult game against an Italian side who will want to defend the game and find the forwards they have. We are going to be prepared and we are confident of getting a good result in the first leg and playing a good game".

Fifth consecutive semi-final
“We really respect sides who play us and we have to enjoy tomorrow and approach the game seriously. Last month we played well in every game and that means we are still fighting on all fronts. We want to reach the final everyone dreams of and fight for La Liga. That is the greatness of this club".

It is a privilege to learn from Ancelotti everyday.

“Every minute I spend near Ancelotti I am breathing in football. He likes to really be immersed in football. As a former player and as a trainer who knows our needs, it is a privilege to work with him and share time with him because he teaches us a lot".

Ramos' contribution as a midfielder
“He has a lot of quality. He is strong from dead-ball situations and in aerial combat. He really helps Kroos. The important thing is that the team wins and does things well".

“He is a guy who made his debut when I was at Madrid and I am really fond of him. I am happy to be meeting him again in a big game. He has a lot of affection for Real Madrid, but we are all defending our own interests. This is an important game for both sides".

“He is a real quality player and likes to fight a lot. The defenders are going to compete against great players such as Tévez, Llorente and Morata”.