Villarreal midfielder Dani Parejo took a swipe at Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann after their Champions League triumph.
After producing a shock 1-0 win over the Bundesliga champions in the first leg of the quarter-finals, the Yellow Submarine secured a 1-1 draw at Allianz Arena in the second leg last night to progress to the final four of the competition.
Speaking after the game, the Spanish side’s star midfielder Parejo slammed Nagelsmann for showing a lack of respect, claiming that he overlooked them after the quarter-final fixtures were finalised.
Parejo told Movistar (h/t Goal): “Nagelsmann said he wanted to decide the tie in the first leg. I think he disrespected Villarreal and football. Sometimes when you spit up, it falls on your face.”
Fellow Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno also added that Bayern’s disrespect spurred the players to come good.
Moreno said: “In the first leg we made the mistake of not finishing the tie, and all these comments serve as motivation for us.
“They made the mistake today of not killing us off and we took advantage of that. What this team has done is great.”
Nagelsmann also admitted that Bayern underestimated the Yellow Submarine, who he believes has a well-rounded squad and above all, a successful manager in Unai Emery.
He said: “They are a very, very misleading rival. Naturally, our demand is to go to the semi-finals and on paper, there were more difficult rivals, but we must not forget that Villarreal is the current champion of the Europa League.
“They have a coach who has won many international titles, players who have many years of experience. Beating Juventus 3-0 away is something that not everyone can do.”
- Chelsea interested in signing Barcelona full-back Alejandro Balde
- Everton’s new stadium three months behind schedule, £760m costs to increase
- FPL Double Gameweek 29: Five low-priced players to watch including Man United and Chelsea stars
- Manchester City striker Erling Haaland in race to be fit for Liverpool game
- Napoli striker Victor Osimhen to miss AC Milan clash with injury