Wednesday November 30 2011
Pepe celebrates victorious draw

Simone Pepe has underlined how important last night’s 3-3 draw with Napoli was for Juventus. “It feels like a win.”

The Old Lady were 2-0 and 3-1 down during stages of the game, but fought back to make sure that they are still unbeaten in Serie A this season.

“We’re a united group and we never give in,” said the Italian international. “This is the signal that we’ve sent out.

“This draw feels the same as a win.”

Juve went into the game without the suspended Claudio Marchisio and winger Pepe was asked to replace him in the middle.

“I’m not a narrow midfielder, but I was able to go about my duties thanks to my teammates,” he continued.

“I felt at ease and enjoyed myself when I found space, also because Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo protected me and granted me the freedom to go forward.”

Pepe left his mark on the game by scoring the equaliser – his third goal in three games after previous strikes versus Palermo and Lazio.

“I don’t think I’ve ever scored three goals in as many games. I don’t even know if I’ve ever scored more than three at all…” he joked.

“This goal was more difficult than the one against Lazio at the weekend, however, because I did it with the ball at my feet.”