Villarreal forward Gerard Moreno says Chelsea are the “best team in the world” following the European champions defeat over the Spaniards in the Super Cup on Wednesday.
Chelsea won 6-5 over penalties after a 1-1 draw with Villarreal across 120 minutes at Belfast’s Windsor Park.
Moreno scored Villarreal’s 73rd-minute equaliser after Hakim Ziyech had opened the scoring in the 27th minute.
Chelsea’s victory extended the run of eight of the past nine Champions League winners lifting the Super Cup.
The Spanish forward was full of praise for Chelsea, who had more possession and generated 20-12 shots and 7-5 shots on target.
“[We’re] now competing with the best,” Moreno said post-game. “Chelsea were the favourites.
“I don’t know what the difference in budget is, but for me they’re the best team in the world.”
@GerardMoreno9 was named MOTM in Belfast.
And he now stands alone as TOP scorer in the club’s history.