Michel saw perfection from his Sevilla side in their 5-1 defeat of city rivals Real Betis, whilst Pepe Mel found only difficulty.
Los Rojiblancos raced into a 4-0 half-time lead and despite Michel declaring he was ‘quite happy’ with the overall display, it was the opening 45 minutes that really pleased him.
“All I can do is congratulate my players. I’m incapable of telling you how good the first half was because I saw absolute perfection,” he told gathered media.
“Plans always look good when you win and tonight we showed the potential of this team, which we must now maintain.”
Meanwhile, the result saw counterpart Mel apologising to Betis’ fans afterwards.
“First of all I must congratulate Sevilla, who were worthy winners, but I accept full responsibility for this defeat. The first half especially was an absolute nightmare,” he told a Press conference.
“Every Coach has a plan but it went wrong in just five or six seconds. I was wrong about everything and I have nothing to reproach the players for, but when I need to make a change after 20 minutes we have failed in something.
“It’s going to be a difficult week. When people say nice things about us we like it, yet when things go badly then that is when we need to be strong and prepare for Saturday’s game, at home to Real Madrid.”