Having returned to the starting line-up following several missed matches due to injury, Pepe urged his teammates to step up their energy levels in order to break the four-match drawing streak Real Madrid are currently embroiled in.
Los Blancos cannot get by solely on their superior abilities, implied the Portuguese defender, who came into the line-up against Eibar ahead of captain Sergio Ramos.
“We must match our opponents’ intensity and rhythm, then we’ll be able to take advantage of our quality,” Pepe added.
“Pure talent alone won’t carry us to victory.
“The team must fight hard, replicate their intensity level and our skills will make the difference in the end.”
Nonetheless, the veteran centre-back wanted to downplay the long term consequences of the 1-1 draw against Eibar at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
“It was a bizarre match, which was roughed up by the numerous injuries,” Pepe said. “What matters is whether or not we’re satisfied with our results at season’s end.”