Jason Cundy may want to avoid Spain during his summer break this year, after sparking outrage over his rants claiming Villarreal ‘have smashed their way to the Champions League semi-finals’ .
The talkSPORT host even featured on Wednesday night’s edition of popular Spanish TV show El Chiringuito de Jugones as he reacted to the LaLiga outfit’s dramatic exit from Liverpool.
Few had given Villarreal much hope of making the final in Paris after Liverpool’s 2-0 first leg win at Anfield, but you need only ask Juventus and Bayern Munich what what will happen if you underestimate them.
Whether Liverpool underestimated the hosts is up for debate, but what is certain is that Jurgen Klopp’s men were way off their usual pace and sharpness as they saw their lead 2-0 erased in a brilliant first half for the Yellow Submarine.
However, the Reds roared after the break with three goals, with substitute Luis Diaz the game-changer, while the home side finished the game with ten men as their Champions League adventure drew to a close.
Cundy annoyed Villarreal fans and the Spanish press last week by saying the way Liverpool won the first leg had “disgraced” the rest of European football, saying “it’s no wonder they want a Super League”.
To be fair to Jason it started off quite positively from the talkSPORT host as he praised the Spanish side for their first half performance in the second leg as they took the game at Liverpool in a way that few teams have this season.
But that’s where the compliments ended… and it’s fair to say that his rants were well and truly noticed by our friends in Spain.
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“That’s what you can do if you really change the way you approach the games, when you change your attitude and go as a team,” the Sports Bar host began.
“Liverpool showed their vulnerability, and that’s the worst I’ve seen Liverpool in a long time in that first half, by the way. But, give Villarreal credit, they absolutely took Liverpool to the cleaners.
“Liverpool didn’t know what was going on. They were everywhere. Defensively you talk about players like who are generally calm and collected, but Virgil van Dijk was everywhere, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold – that’s what’s happening when you put teams under pressure and can really force your game on them.
“And then the half-time whistle sounded…”
And it begins.
“What did Unai Emery say at halftime? What do you think he said? Yet the same? Nope! I’ll tell you what he said – “Sit deep, control the game, try to catch ’em off the counter”. That’s exactly what they tried to do in the first leg and they felt the collar.
“I saw the second half of this game tonight go exactly the same as we saw it in the first leg. I’m sorry, but it’s shocking of them!
“I don’t know what you want me to say. What do you want me to say? Do you want me to give them some credit? The first half, yeah, well done and well played.
“And they have credit for getting there, but when you’re there, you’re there to get shot, to be criticized, to be judged. I may have been a bit harsh with some of the things I said after the first leg, but I’m absolutely going to stick with it.
“That second half performance tells me what I said after the first leg was 100% right!
“That night what I said was that the rest of Europe and UEFA should be scared of what they saw. I just saw that second half – Villarreal were leading 2-0 at halftime, they lost the game 3-2 and got a man sent off!What does that tell you?This is a team that has just reached the semi-final of a Champions League and Liverpool were far superior.
“What we see is a Villarreal team that somehow managed to get through to the semi-finals. Congratulations to them because they knocked out Juva and Bayern, brilliant, but when you get there , you come up against a class like Liverpool, you are going to be felt at the pass.
Cundy also hammered Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli, saying he was responsible for FOUR of Liverpool’s five goals in the two games and wasn’t even good enough to be number two at a Championship club.
“The goalkeeper – it’s a shock, mate,” the former Chelsea defender continued.
“I’m sorry, but he was at fault. I looked back, I just needed to refresh my mind with the first goal he scored at Anfield, and he was at fault for four of the five goals in that game.
“How can you qualify for a Champions League semi-final with a goalkeeper who is not good enough to be a substitute in the Championship?
“Honestly. Sam Johnston [the West Brom and England keeper]there are a lot of clubs after him, he is at the end of his contract, and he is a better goalkeeper than what I have seen tonight and on both legs.
“Villarreal are a Frankenstein side made up of ex-Premier League players and a former Premier League manager, and they did as well as they could have done in the first half of the second leg.
“But in the three halves that Liverpool dominated, they were only second rate.”
Co-host Jamie O’Hara saw it differently, with the former Tottenham man insisting Villarreal – who had three former Spurs players in their squad and one currently on loan from north London – deserved be credited and should be proud of his run.
But Cundy didn’t have it.
“You said they were a disgrace and you’re trendy all over Europe but, for me tonight, they made themselves proud,” O’Hara said.
“They took Liverpool all the way and it took Liverpool coming out in the second half and playing at their absolute peak to get there.
“Yes, the goalkeeper made big mistakes, but Villarreal can be proud of him.
“I think you should apologize, because there have been a lot of people upset about this.”
He could wait a bit…
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