Robert Pires: “Villarreal can hit Liverpool”

Robert Pires.

Robert Piers he played 129 matches with the Villarreal and he was a true idol in El Madrigal. Before, he won two Premier League, two Communiti Shield and was finalist of the Champions, in 2006, with Arsenal. In semifinals that year lived the famous penalty missed by Riquelme from the other side. A crush against Liverpool could definitely make that painful defeat forget.

How do you see the second leg of the semifinals?

I already know how Villarreal spends it in a semifinal and I didn’t have a good time. This team is not eliminated, far from it. I played the other semi-final with Arsenal and we also had an advantage, so we hoped to get through without suffering. And the reality was very different.

That Villarreal de Riquelme squeezed them a lot. Can something like this happen and end well?

As I said, we suffered like dogs in that game. We came from eliminating Juve and Madrid, to which we add that we did very well in away games. We were very confident and secure, but we arrived here at Madrigal and had a really bad time. I don’t know what happened to us, but it was the game in which we suffered the most of all. That’s why I think Villarreal can give Liverpool a cane. I know, I’ve lived it.

But this is Klopp’s Liverpool. Can Villarreal get past this almighty Liverpool?

Of course Villarreal can go through. We know how complicated it is, we cannot deny that. We know the level of Liverpool and their quality, they are very good and very strong. But Villarreal has not said the last word.

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Is Liverpool the best?

For me, Liverpool is the best in Europe at the moment and that makes it a great challenge. For this reason, Villarreal, which is a very solid team, suffered a lot in the first leg. But they came out alive, they are alive. And knowing Emery and the quality of this team, I wouldn’t be calm.

A 2-0 weighs a lot. What must happen to at least match it?

2-0 is a very good result, but a lot can still happen. The first thing is that the round is played in Ceramics, that’s a key point for me. As I said before, I know how these games are lived here, I already suffered a lot in that semi-final on the other side when I played for Arsenal. To that they must add a bit of luck, we know that these comebacks must have that point of fortune to turn the tie around.

What do you say to those who were your fans for this game?

I tell people that if the player feels that the fans are with you and push, anything is possible. Now you see that there is a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of union between the team and the people, and that gives you a lot of strength to be able to fight.

You will see it live. A desire?

Hopefully Villarreal will reach the final in Paris. That is my wish, I would very much like it to be.


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