Thursday, February 26, 2009

Pepe: Real couldn't break Liverpool's defence

Real Madrid’s Portuguese international Pepe was understandably disappointed with his side’s 1-0 Champions League defeat to Liverpool, but insists the Spaniards can overturn the deficit in the second leg at Anfield.

Pepe’s men were held at bay with relative ease by the English team, who controlled large spells of the match at the Bernabeu before scoring an 82nd-minute winner through Yossi Benayoun, giving them a crucial advantage in the last-16 knockout tie.

“Logically, we are disappointed with this result as we let the match slip away because of a silly error from a set-piece,” Pepe told

“But throughout the entire game, the big mistake that we all made was that we couldn’t break down Liverpool’s defensive system. They had two lines of four in front of their goalkeeper at all times and that made it impossible for us.”

Looking ahead to return leg in England in 12 days, the former Porto stopper said: “We will go to Anfield with the mentality that we can overturn this tie. We are going there with the kind of winning spirit that has always characterised Real Madrid.

“It’s very unpleasant to take a 1-0 deficit there but we are going to do everything to make it up to our fans. It is necessary to have faith that we can achieve it.”

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