Jose Luis Oltra admits that Deportivo were out of the game at Atletico Madrid by 30 minutes, deflated at half-time and truly rock bottom by full-time.
Depor fell to a 6-0 loss at the Calderon which, combined with Espanyol’s point on Friday night, saw the Galicians remain bottom of the League on a goal difference that has now severely worsened.
“It is certainly a defeat that hurts, especially since the half-hour mark when there was no indication that the game was going to end well,” a downbeat Oltra told reporters afterwards.
“Until then we had had our chances. Atletico had not managed much. We even had chances after the first goal, with Valeron’s shot that hit the post.
“But Atletico are a great team, with great effectiveness and they reached the break with a 3-0 score-line and for a team like us, that was very hard to lift up from.
“To get to the break 3-0 down, it is very hard to motivate the team. The trip home will be tough, and from there we will train and try to forget what has happened here.”
Depor were the particular victims to Radamel Falcao’s five strikes.
“I said before the game, he is possible the best striker at this time. Their game was very good, but defensively we did not have our best night.
“He is a player of the highest level, he lives to be at the top.”
Oltra then took time to reflect on any anticipated pressure on his position as Coach.
“Whatever I say will be useless. Nothing is valid. I am convinced we will improve. Today [Sunday] we have hit rock bottom and from now we can only go up, we will improve.
“Today we see only black, but hopefully after tomorrow we can do everything a bit better.”