Ruben Pardo admitted that losing 4-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night was not what Real Sociedad had in mind.
La Real needed a win to keep alive hopes of making the Last 16 of the Champions League or even just securing third in Group A for a place in the Europa League.
However, a 4-0 defeat to Shakhtar has guaranteed them an early exit from Europe altogether, as they cannot finish higher than bottom now.
“I did not expect a game and result like that,” midfielder Pardo considered to UEFA’s official website afterwards.
“We needed to play much better going forward, but Shakhtar's Brazilian midfielders are top-class players and it was very difficult against them.
“As a result we made several mistakes and were made to pay for them. We are very disappointed but our Coach did not tell us off.
“He told us to keep our chins up because we have very important games in the Liga and the last group match against Leverkusen.
“We really want to get three points against Bayer and finally please our fans with a win in the competition.”