Former Real Madrid defender Pepe has denied criticising a atmosphere during a Santiago Bernabeu, nonetheless a Besiktas actor says his stream team’s fans are “completely different.”
Pepe, 34, left Madrid in a summer after a decade with a club, and has fast turn a organisation favourite during his new club, blank only one diversion so distant in a Turkish Super Lig and generally impressing in a Champions League where they lead their Champions League organisation forward of Monaco, Porto and Leipzig.
However, his repute in a Spanish collateral suffered when it was reported in September that he had pronounced Madrid players indispensable to “motivate themselves” for games due to a still atmosphere during a Bernabeu.
“People did not know what we wanted to contend in an talk we did with UEFA,” Pepe said. “In Spain they killed me for observant a Madrid fans were not good. we didn’t wish to contend that, we wanted to contend they were different, fans here knowledge a diversion in a totally opposite way.”
Pepe afterwards went on to serve regard a supporters during Besiktas’ Vodafone Arena, observant he was happy to now go to work in such an atmosphere.
“When we get home after games, and go to bed, we can still hear a noise,” he said. “You have to knowledge it to know what it’s like, and we am grateful to be here.”
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football author who covers La Liga and a Spain inhabitant group for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan