Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho admitted that his side had been given a tough time of it in winning away at Levante.
Alvaro Morata rescued Los Blancos with a late winner on a heavy, rain-soaked pitch that did both sides no favours, and Mourinho was thankful his team emerged with all three points.
“It was a difficult match for everyone and we adapted to the conditions, but it was an honest fight between two honest teams that gave their all in search of the result,” he commented post-match.
“We had to play with great character and strength and deserved to win. I hadn't won here before and they are three extremely important points.
“We played 4-4-2 because we knew the pitch wouldn't allow us to play football and it would be more direct with lots of second moves. Normally in these games the team that scores first wins. In the end we had to score twice to win.
“They reacted and equalised and without Cristiano Ronaldo it was more difficult. [Jose] Callejon and [Angel] Di Maria played fantastically as forwards and then El Nino [Alvaro Morata] came on to score with his first touch and we got the three points.”