Michel did not expect to see Sevilla lose on Monday night, whilst Miroslav Djukic still expected more from his victorious Real Valladolid.
Early goals from Patrick Ebert and Oscar proved enough for Valladolid to hold out against Sevilla in Week 14’s closing fixture and whilst a Manucho own goal gave the home side hope, it was soon followed by Gary Medel’s second yellow card.
“I have no choice but to be positive because there is still a long way to go in the League, even if this result was not expected in our calculations,” reflected Michel after the 2-1 defeat.
“We knew the level of our opponent, because they were equal with us in the table, but we must be realistic and know where we are.
“Those first 12 minutes, nothing happened and yet we were at 0-2 and then later when we were 10 against 11 we tried our best.”
Counterpart Djukic praised his side’s workrate but warned that they are still a team to improve.
Los Blanquivioletas became only the second side this League season after Barcelona to pick up three points away to Sevilla.
“My team are still growing and improving, but always with humility because so far we have achieved nothing and this League has much to go,” former defender Djukic reflected afterwards.
“I think we played a very good first half. The team did well, closed off spaces well and were tight, but in the second half we played badly and have allowed ourselves to be dominated by a great rival.
“When they have been down to 10 men we have not dominated the ball and that has happened to us several times away from home and Sevilla had the quality to score, but I am happy with the work of the players, they have worked hard.
“We have won in a difficult field, they are a difficult team to beat, but always if you work together and not think about it then it can become something else.”
Medel sent off 63 (Sevilla)