Denis Cheryshev lamented “you can lose, but you can’t portray this image” after Valencia’s 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona on Wednesday.
A hat-trick each for Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez demolished Los Che, who had Shkodran Mustafi sent off just before half-time, to virtually book the Catalans’ place in the Copa del Rey final, and the Real Madrid loanee rued the emphatic nature of his new side’s defeat.
“They scored a lot of goals against us but, frankly, I’m more concerned about the image that the team gave of themselves,” he said after the game, in which his introduction was marked by huge applause from Barca fans.
“You can lose, but you can’t portray this image. Ultimately, all of us are to blame, but we promise to work hard for the fans and bounce back.
“Things didn’t go well from the start, then came the penalty.
“I don’t know whether or not [it was a red on Mustafi], but it’s very difficult to counter against this Barcelona.
“We’ve given a very poor image and we have to bounce back.
“La Liga and the Europa League remains for us, and I’m sure we’ll bounce back in them.
“What hurts me the most is the result today, it was the most important [part of the game].”