Pepe believes he ended all doubts about his place at Real Madrid after yesterday's victory over Atletico Madrid.

The former Porto defender was in shock last week after the thrashing handed out by Sevilla in the Supa Copa, but after last night's 2-1 Primera Liga victory he was all smiles.

"I am happy with my debut and by the form and the determination that we have all demonstrated as players. Finally we have played as a team and the fans have been able to enjoy it. It has been spectacular.

"I removed the thorn from the other day. The game against Sevilla hurt us, but with more time we will continue improving. Today we have demonstrated it."