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Pepe ready for Champions League snub
Pepe admits that he would not be surprised if Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho leaves him out of the starting XI against Galatasaray in their Champions League clash.
With the emergence of Raphael Varane, the 30-year-old defender has seen his minutes reduced in recent months. Furthermore, he has had to deal with injuries which kept him off the pitch for some time.
Though featuring in the lineup against Zaragoza in the La Liga on Saturday, the Portuguese expects his counterpart to be given his spot on the Wednesday clash against the Turkish champions.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if I wasn’t selected, but I’m here for the team,” Pepe told reporters.
“The coach [Jose Mourinho] decides what is best. We have a good squad and, as I said before, I’m here to help. I’ve played many games for Real Madrid and my approach will be the same as always.”