Villarreal gave Liverpool a real fright for 45 minutes on Tuesday night, but Jason Cundy claimed it merely proved him right about the Spanish side.
Last week Villarreal didn't manage a single shot on target in their Champions League semi final first leg with Liverpool, as Unai Emery's side tried to stop the big favourites from getting too big a lead.
It largely worked, with the Premier League side needing a huge help from an own goal to break the deadlock, but talkSPORT co-host Cundy claimed that the Spanish side were a 'disgrace to the Champions League.'
The fact they'd beaten Juventus and Bayern Munich to get to that stage of the tournament apparently wasn't a big enough clue for the former Chelsea player that they very much deserved to be in the final four.
The fact the Yellow Submarine then took a 2-0 lead into half time on Tuesday, levelling the tie up, and giving Jurgen Klopp's team a scare, also wasn't enough for Cundy.
Instead the 52-year-old claimed that their eventual downfall was proof that he was right all along, apparently ignoring the fact a team the size of Villarreal had just gone toe-to-toe with arguably the best team on the planet.
😳 “They were 2-0 up at half time! They lost 3-2 & had a man sent off?”— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 3, 2022
👀 “They’ve somehow bumbled their way to the semi final, to their credit…”
🗣 “That second half performance tells me what I said was 100% right.”
Jason Cundy goes in on Villarreal’s semi final showing 🔥 pic.twitter.com/uXj4EZE6WY
"bumbled their way". The words you're looking for is "scoring more goals than the other team on multiple occasions", then fighting valiantly against one of the best teams in the world, only being beat in the last half an hour of the tie— Elliot (@bwfc_elliot) May 3, 2022
At the end of the day they deserved to be there, they beat everyone they faced until it got a bit too much for them— Kop End TV (@KopEndTV) May 3, 2022
Respect to Villarreal.
"They bumbled their way to a semi-final"— Joshua Jack (@JoshuaJ52094749) May 4, 2022
Like dude they beat Juventus over two legs including a win in Turin,
Beat Bayern Munich over two legs
and literally made one of the best teams in the world look average for 47 minutes.
It tells you Villarreal, like 99% of football teams in the world, couldn't keep up that level of intensity for 90 minutes agaisnt this relentless Liverpool side.— 🎶Since 1995🎶 (@theanfieldread) May 3, 2022
What's wrong with just congratulate them for the amazing year they had ? Won EL beating Arsenal, United. 1/2 final in CL beating Juventus and Bayern Munich ! That's a huge, historical and unbelievable achievement for Villarreal and their fans. Applauds— Petar Zanev 🇧🇬 (@FrAn4eSc0) May 3, 2022
Usual nonsense from Candy , Villarreal got to the semi final because they deserved to, knocking two massive clubs out on the way with a fraction of the budget of most other clubs. Actually a nice change to see a different team in semis for a change— Jamie_d (@jamied28) May 4, 2022
Probably the only thing that's a disgrace to the Champions League is that Cundy is able to share his opinions with such a large audience, considering how terrible they are, although there's no doubt he knows exactly what he's doing.
Villarreal have a smaller budget than Burnley and, with what can only really be described as a bunch of Premier League rejects, have won the Europa League and reached semi final of the Champions League.
It wasn't too much of a surprise that Liverpool fought back to win the game, although things were made easier for them thanks to Geronimo Rulli.
However it's not like other teams haven't fallen to similar comebacks in the competition, this year PSG lost to Real Madrid when 2-0 clear in the second half of their last 16 tie, thank to Karim Benzema's 17 minute hat-trick.
Cundy isn't exactly targeting the French side for being a 'disgrace' despite the fact they're much closer to Real than Villarreal are to Liverpool in terms of perceived talent and level.
Fortunately most fans are on the side of the Spanish side, who gave us incredible nights in Europe this season and defied all the odds.
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