Nuno Santo conceded Valencia lacked the power and directness of their opponents Athletic Bilbao during Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at San Mames.
Los Che fell to their second League defeat in three matches after goals from Aymeric Laporte, Markel Susaeta and former striker Aritz Aduriz resoundingly cancelled out Dani Parejo’s opener, and the Coach admitted his team were not at the races.
“We had a good first half, but after we went ahead, we conceded a goal from a strategic piece of play – one we prepared for,” he said after the game.
“The second half went well and the first few minutes were ours, but again we failed.
“We’ll use the international break to work more, find solutions and prepare for what lies ahead with determination.
“[Athletic] are very powerful physically and were very direct at times. We weren’t able to thwart them.”