In the absence of Ramos and Marcelo, Pepe was named captain on his return to the Real Madrid starting XI as ‘Los Blancos’ ran out winners against Levante.
On Ronaldo’s comments: “They’re in the past now. We’ve spoken about it and we’re all pulling in the same direction, just like the coach said. We’ve got to put a shift in out on the field. We need to fight for all of the Real Madrid fans all over the world who hurt when we lose”.
On intensity levels: “We don’t need the coach to tell us about this. The fans demand that the intensity levels are high. We’ve shown that we’re a team that’s up for the fight. We were under a lot of pressure in this one”.
On fatigue: “Many players played here who don’t usually play and it’s to be expected. It had been a long time since Casemiro had played”.