38-year-old midfielder Pepe (left) still plays well in the confrontation with Juventus and Ronaldo.  Photo: AP.

Pepe: ‘Porto has caught Juventus’

Midfielder Pepe is proud of his achievement with FC Porto defeating Juventus 2-1 in the first leg of the 1/8 Champions League round.

“We have studied Juventus carefully. We did what the coach asked us to do. We know we have to put pressure to stop Juventus from implementing their football,” Pepe said. Eleven Sports.

38-year-old midfielder Pepe (left) still plays well in the confrontation with Juventus and Ronaldo. Image: AP.

Porto scored two goals against Juventus, thanks to Taremi in the first minute and Marega in the 46th minute. Juventus only equalized one goal with Federico Chiesa’s 82nd-minute finish. This 1-2 result means that Juventus only needs to win 1-0 in the second leg to progress to the quarterfinals.

Pepe expressed regret about the goal. “It is difficult to concede at home in games like this, but we played a great game,” he said.

Porto manager Sergio Conceicao shared: “It is disappointing to concede Chiesa’s goal. We kept Juventus silent for 71 minutes, and neutralized their defense. We also neutralized every strong point. of them, including Rabiot in the middle, Chiesa good at face-to-face, over-body, and Ronaldo’s excellent quality in the penalty area Tonight Porto is brilliant strategically, but half way through We need to be that strong every moment to reach the quarterfinals.

He added about the second leg on March 10: “Porto needs a strict defense and makes full use of the opponent’s mistakes in Turin. However, we will not go there just to defend, so if so, they are. I will concede. Juventus will be very different if there are the return of Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala and the others. We will study and prepare, because we want to continue.

* Results – Champions League Fixture

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