Real Madrid defender defended his fellow critics after the game against Barca.
The Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho, said his teammate and compatriot Pepe, head in midfield against FC Barcelona, is a player "hard but clean and fair".
Questioned by the hardness of their partner during the match against Barça and the stomp Pepe gave Lionel Messi during the duel, defended the Real Madrid player, "Pepe people know him. It's hard, but clean and fair ' he said.
Also questioned if he was surprised to be aligned starter after three months without playing through injury, said he was ready to play.
"They asked me and said I wanted to play. I was pleased, not surprised. I was conscious of playing. I've been training and wanted to return. Every day I feel better," he concluded. (via SPORT)