Miroslav Djukic felt Real Valladolid’s win was a sign of progress, just as Manolo Jimenez felt it was a sign of Real Zaragoza’s fatigue.
Valladolid secured a 2-0 win on Sunday evening to make it two wins on the bounce and move them back into the top half of the table.
“The feeling is very good. It is true that in the second half we backed off our opponent, but from the 15th minute we played good football again,” reflected Coach Djukic afterwards.
“We had four or five clear chances and we have not left anything to chance. We have 28 points, which is very good, especially as the team has a good philosophy and is still growing.
“Our goal from next week’s game with Levante is to win, to continue to progress and to keep improving little by little.”
Jimenez, however, felt that the result hinged on Zaragoza’s waning squad. Either side of the team’s Copa del Rey quarter-final clash with Sevilla, Jimenez saw a number of injuries hit his team at Valladolid.
“The biggest culprit is me for demanding that the team is in two competitions and we have been unprepared for both,” reflected Jimenez after the 2-0 reverse on Sunday.
“The players have dropped as a group, but I trust in them to reverse the situation.
“We were very cold in this game, whilst Valladolid’s first goal came after a resounding failure of our defence.
“They then got ahead, they drew petrol from that and we lost Loovens, Apono and Pinter to injury, and it was indeed a relaxing half-time break.
“The injuries have disconnected us from the game, but from half-time we managed to improve and we were able to break up the game.
“Until then we had taken possession of the ball but had been stuck with it.”