Ernesto Valverde reflected that Valencia were outclassed by Real Madrid, but Aitor Karanka made clear the 5-0 result won’t be repeated in midweek.
Los Blancos ran out comfortable winners at Mestalla in Week 20, just a few days on from a closer-fought 2-0 win over Los Che in the Copa del Rey first leg quarter-final.
“They have been absolutely superior. Clearly,” conceded Coach Valverde after the heavy loss.
“Madrid has a team that counter-attacks extraordinarily. And with the 0-1 we had to expose ourselves more and we paid dearly.
“Then the 0-2 and 0-3 came fast and we dropped.
“At the Bernabeu we played as equals, with good feelings and surprised them. We followed that same belief in this game and it was a mistake, because they came out more cautious.
“With Madrid, you can surprise them once, but not twice.
“We’ve only lost one game. Nobody likes to lose by that difference, but this serves to teach us and it was only three points at stake. There is a chance for revenge on Wednesday.
“I will not speak of the casualties. There are 23 players in this squad and they all have to be ready. If at the Bernabey we had had a hard result, then this League defeat would have been different.”
Valencia host Madrid again this coming midweek in the second leg of their Cup quarter-final.
Meanwhile, counterpart Jose Mourinho’s assistant again took Madrid’s post-match conference and focused on Angel Di Maria’s contribution.
The Argentine winger provided two goals and an assist for Madrid in a convincing 5-0 win away to Valencia on Sunday evening.
“It is true that if you look at the Di Maria that played in Pamplona, the other day for a while, and the one that played today you realise that there is no issue physically. It is psychological,” reflected his assistant Coach afterwards, in relation to his recent struggles for consistency and game-time.
“We all know him from the two and half years that he has been with us. He has not been on his best form recently and today we saw the Di Maria that we all know and we all want to see.”
Madrid will be back at Mestalla on Wednesday for the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final.
“That will be a totally different match. There is the result of the previous match and the fans will be even more behind their team after today.
“We have to stick with the way we played on Tuesday at the Bernabeu and even more so with how we did today.
“During the season, Mourinho has explained several times that we are trying to improve. Everything we do is to improve and it seems that we are on a good line. In Valencia we showed what we can do.
“We have to keep improving and with the confidence and the desire to repeat what was achieved last year. The matches will be different.
“The title race? This club will never throw in the towel whilst there are points up for a grabs and there is still the possibility of winning.
“We have to win, not just to try to win the league but to pull away from the teams below us and for us to see our improvement.
“The officials? Today, Real Madrid have played and I do not think that we need to talk about anything else.”