Both Manolo Jimenez and Philippe Montanier focused post match on Real Zaragoza’s early red in their home defeat to Real Sociedad.
La Real were 2-1 victors in front of the Aragonese home support, in Jimenez’ eyes because of errors his team made in conceding on 12 to Antoine Griezmann and then in seeing Hector sent off for two early bookings.
“In a mismatch we conceded the first goal and, at 22 minutes, with the expulsion of Hector, the game was over. Thereafter, La Real handled the game well and it was over,” complained the Coach to reporters afterwards.
“In the first few minutes, the team seemed like they were against Malaga, but for only 12 minutes that is not enough. It is a defeat but merely conditioned by the errors for the first goal and the sending off.
“I am disappointed but all that remains is self-criticism, troubleshooting and to keep working. Solutions will be found from inside the dressing room.”
Montanier admitted that Real Sociedad were helped by Real Zaragoza’s red card, but denied that it was part of a wider conspiracy.
Zaragoza were reduced to 10 men early on thanks to Hector’s two yellow cards, which made it the seventh time this season that La Real have seen opponents have a player sent off.
“There’s no explanation. It is a coincidence or maybe it isn’t, but at the beginning of this game we were playing combatively and provoked our rivals’ mistakes,” reflected Montanier post-match.
“They have never been direct reds, always two yellows. I think it is a coincidence. Our goal in the second half of the season has been to win on the road and we did that today.
“We knew what Zaragoza would start well. We suffered from the first minute, but we gradually got into the game and we took the first chance to score.
“That gave the players more confidence and we showed ourselves to be more robust.”
Hector sent off 22 (Real Zaragoza)