Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has been left with egg on his face after underestimating the challenge Villarreal would pose in the Champions League.
Bayern were dumped out of the competition in the quarter-finals on Tuesday night after a 1-1 draw in Germanysent Villarreal through 2-1on aggregate. The Spanish side came into the second leg with a one-goal advantage before Robert Lewandowski levelled things with a precise finish.
Villarreal hung on and were rewarded when substitute Samuel Chukwueze struck on the break in the 88th minute to send Unai Emery’s side through to face the winner of Liverpool against Benfica in the semi-finals. Their dramatic win followed a similar triumph against Juventus in the last-16.
Yet despite their Europa League final victory over Manchester United last year and their win over Juventus, Bayern chief Salihamidzic still did not take Villarreal seriously when the draw was made. A clip shared on Twitter from Bayern’s TV channel re-emerged after their shock defeat – and it did not make pleasant viewing for Salihamidzic. “Let’s put it this way: it’s a very manageable draw,” he said with a grin on his face.
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The Bayern boss said Villarreal had “made the mistake of letting us live” by only winning by a single goal – something their opponents used as motivation in Bavaria.
“When the draw happened and Villarreal came out, the manager of Bayern, who I don’t know, I think he lacked respect for us and for football because he wanted to seal the tie in the first leg. When you spit in the air, it tends to fall on you,” midfielder Dani Parejo told Movistar.
“It’s just that in the end, in football and in life, it holds true for every situation… It’s true that they are Bayern and we are Villarreal. They were favourites, but you have to demonstrate that on the pitch. We spoke about it in the dressing room and it was a small show of disrespect to the club and to us as players. In two matches we were bigger than Bayern.”
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