Joaquin Caparros likened Levante’s 7-0 thumping by Barcelona to visiting the dentist and criticised his team’s attitude in the first half.
Los Granotes were hit for six even before the half-time whistle in a heavily one-sided Week 1 affair at the Camp Nou on Sunday night.
“We have left the dentist, bring in the next one,” Caparros commented after the defeat.
“Whenever you sit in this Pressroom, the loser always faces the sack and others have received worse than we have.
“In the first half, we lacked aggressiveness. We were like Santos [in the Joan Gamper Trophy]. It seemed that we had come for a friendly.
“The first mistake we made was in the 11th minute. We have been really bad.”
Preparations for the game were hit with Vicente Iborra’s late departure to Sevilla.
“Even in knowing it was a tough game, we prepared for a month and were heartbroken in the last two days to say goodbye to Iborra. It is like them being without Messi or Iniesta. We need to replace a player like Iborra, but it is not an excuse for this result.
“The strength of Barca and Real Madrid over everyone else? It’s a two-team League but it isn’t boring.
“When you play against them you are not allowed contact. And then when they play against each other the referees permit more contact.
“The League is between two but then there is another bloc. Madrid and Barca will be out front and then will be followed by the likes of Sevilla, Athletic, Atletico and Valencia.”