Kovacic slams Porto defender Pepe for his strange comments about Chelsea

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Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has rubbished claims made by Porto defender Pepe that Chelsea players celebrated drawing Porto in the UCL quarter-finals.

Pepe told TNT Sports: “It was public that Chelsea players celebrated the draw. But they also know that it will be a difficult game.

“They know that we are a humble, hard-working, supportive team. In the spirit of our fans and what the coach demands of us as players, the work must always be there.”

Kovacic responded to Pepe’s claims: “No [there is no truth to us celebrating the Porto draw]. It’s strange to hear that from Pepe because I played with him for three years so I don’t know what he actually means with that or if he said it.

“But of course not. I didn’t celebrate because when I played before at Real Madrid, I know that in these kind of stages there are no lucky opponents or bad opponents.

“This is a tough draw, Porto is an amazing team which we saw against Juventus and they knocked them out so it’s a big opponent out. They showed great character and a great team spirit and we need to show that as well tomorrow. We need to try our best to go through but it will not be easy.”

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