Thursday November 22 2012
‘Important that Madrid are through’

Pepe says that most important for Real Madrid is to have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, even if only in second.

Los Blancos could only draw with Manchester City on Wednesday night and with Borussia Dortmund winning against Ajax, may have guaranteed a spot in the Last 16, but could face a tougher draw as they currently sit second in the group with one game left to play.

“This is the hardest group, with four teams who are champions, and the key thing is that we have qualified for the next round.

“To win the Champions League you have to beat the best teams and we will be ready for whoever we come up against,” reflected defender Pepe on a game that saw City equalise through a contentious penalty decision that saw Alvaro Arbeloa also sent off for a second booking.

“Alvaro has told us that he did not touch him. These things happen in football and you have to be ready for them.

 “I think we played a great game, especially in the first half. The most important thing is that we have qualified for the next round and now in our next match we can try to put on a good show for the fans in the Santiago Bernabeu.”

Football Italia website