Both Jose Luis Oltra and Juan Ignacio Martinez saw Deportivo as the stronger team in this match eventually won by Levante.
The eventful lunchtime kick-off saw Depor lose both centre-backs to injury early on, Riki miss a penalty in the second half and then midfielder Alex Bergantinos spend the final 20 minutes in goal after ‘keeper Dani Aranzubia was sent off.
“Today’s defeat can be explained through the conditions of the game, which are very clear,” began Oltra after the 2-0 result.
“In the 12th minute we had lost both centre-backs injured, in the eighth minute of the second half when at 0-1 and when we have been superior, we missed the penalty to draw level and then when we were pushing, came the expulsion of our goalkeeper.
“Still, we maintained playing, we overwhelmed our opponents in the second half at times. How we have conceded two goals id difficult to explain, we went without scoring in a game in which the first half we controlled and in the second we had so many chances…but that’s football, we will get up tomorrow and be thinking towards Athletic Bilbao.”
Meanwhile, JIM echoed the sentiment that Levante were a tad fortunate to find all three points.
“We are very pleased. During the first half it looked like we had everything under control, but in the second half you have seen what happened, we were left with one less and had a penalty against us,” commented Martinez afterwards.
“Deportivo had overwhelmed us in the game, but we managed to bail water.
“We must recognise what happened in the game, the opponent had to change their two centre-backs, the Coach then went for the game with a third change, the penalty could have helped things perfectly, then the game was conditioned by their goalkeeper’s sending off. Depor have played well, although merit to Levante for not giving up.”
Pedro Lopez sent off 54 (Levante), Riki missed pen 55 (Deportivo), Aranzubia sent off 70 (Deportivo)