Joe Cullen still sees Michael van Gerwen as the best player in the world.

The Rockstar added a little spice to Saturday evening’s Ladbrokes Masters Round two matchup with the newly crowned World Champion and World Number 1, Gerwyn Price.

Following his round one victory over Stephen Bunting, Joe Cullen, who was beaten by van Gerwen in a classic at the World Darts Championship, says the Green Machine is still the one to catch.

“I probably shouldn’t say it, but I still see van Gerwen as number 1. If you’re going to play somebody, I think he’s the number 1 player and I think he’s the most difficult to beat.”

Joe Cullen lost to Michael van Gerwen in a thrilling contest at the World Darts Championship.

Lessons to be learnt

Despite the magical start to the match, when he was 4-1 up at the break, averaging 115 and then getting over the line. Looking back at his win over Stephen Bunting, Joe knows he has to improve if he’s going to progress in the tournament.

“I need to learn from the second half, I tried to maybe defend the lead which can never be a good tactic.”

When quizzed on Price’s preparations and the additional media work that goes with his new status as World Champion and the man at the top of the sport, whilst Cullen was quick to speak of Price’s quality, there was still more than a hint of confidence in his own ability.

“He’s a class player regardless whether he’s put the work in or not, but we’ll see how he responds to pressure.”

What was already a mouthwatering matchup, certainly has a little extra intrigue in the wake of Cullen’s comments.

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