Paco Jemez was delighted with Rayo Vallecano’s performance over Levante, one that Juan Ignacio Martinez felt did not deserve the scoreline.
Rayo ran out 3-0 winners at home to Los Granotes to consolidate a top 10 position this Christmas on 25 points.
“It was very difficult. I do not think that many teams will manage three goals against Levante, since they are very good defensively,” reflected former defender Jemez afterwards.
“We found the game as we expected, I told my players that their work would be hard, but I liked the game as it was, because if we were able to manage it then it allowed us to think that we could do damage.
“It is unfortunate that this is not the end of the season. So it is the worst and the most beautiful. I do not know if this was our best game of the season, because we have played many very well. This game had merit and for the opponent we faced perhaps it has more value.
“Levante are complete in all respects, but this team, when we are focused and understand the game we are playing, we can compete with anyone.
“If we can finish the season with that in mind then we’ll see what the possibilities are.”
Meanwhile, Martinez was left less than happy with the eventual three-goal deficit in this game.
“I am content, because Rayo’s stadium is difficult to play at, so it is normal that things have not gone our way, the Vallecas is a fast-paced field,” admitted JIM to reporters.
“The match was controlled, I was happy about that, but we have fallen two goals behind before we could react and so it cost us a lot in then going up against a team like Rayo.
“I do not think any of my players were on vacation early, though. It is a game that was controlled after the second goal and it suited them because I do not believe that they had excessive ambition.
“Rayo has won because they did things right at peak times, and that has been a harsh punishment.”