Jose Luis Oltra is unconcerned by defeat today for Deportivo, equating the result against Levante as being defined by a series of unfortunate events.
An eventful lunchtime kick-off saw the Coach lose both his centre-backs to injury early on, Riki miss a penalty in the second half and then midfielder Alex Bergantinos spend the final 20 minutes in goal after ‘keeper Dani Aranzubia was sent off.
“Today’s defeat can be explained through the conditions of the game, which are very clear,” began Oltra after the 2-0 result.
“In the 12th minute we had lost both centre-backs injured, in the eighth minute of the second half when at 0-1 and when we have been superior, we missed the penalty to draw level and then when we were pushing, came the expulsion of our goalkeeper.
“Still, we maintained playing, we overwhelmed our opponents in the second half at times. How we have conceded two goals id difficult to explain, we went without scoring in a game in which the first half we controlled and in the second we had so many chances…but that’s football, we will get up tomorrow and be thinking towards Athletic Bilbao.
“I would be concerned with being in the bottom three if I did not see the team creating chances and performing, but this is not the case.”
Oltra also commented on Aranzubia’s red card specifically, which was for two yellows, the first of which was for protesting. Pizzi was dismissed in Depor’s previous game for two yellows, one of which was also for something similar.
“If there are rules and there is to be no protesting to the referee then great, but not just for Aranzubia and Pizzi, but for Helder Postiga and Martins, and for Valencia and for Racing Santander in La Segunda. For everyone the same.”