Real Madrid defender Pepe: We're now prepared for Barcelona

Real Madrid defender Pepe says victory over Sporting Gijon is perfect preparation for next week's El Clasico. Real thumped Sporting 3-0.

Real Madrid defender Pepe says victory over Sporting Gijon is perfect preparation for next week's El Clasico.

Real thumped Sporting 3-0.

Pepe said: "We're doing a good job. We worked hard, played a serious game and fought for every ball. This was an important victory at a difficult venue.

"Before the Clasico we'll have a mid-week Champions League clash against Ajax. Barcelona have worked very hard and so have we. We've now earned another victory. We must respect our match with Ajax before thinking about Barcelona."

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