Marcelo Bielsa chose to look on the bright side of his side’s first leg Cup draw with lowly Eibar, claiming that he was not disappointed with the result.
The La Liga side could only manage a goalless draw with their Basque Segunda B neighbours this afternoon in the round of 32 Copa del Rey clash.
Even though it extends the side’s poor run of form to just the one win from the last 10 played, Coach Bielsa reflected that the stalemate was an acceptable result.
“Overall, the draw is fine because the first half we suffered for their attacks and could not avoid being dominated by them, but in the second we had more possession,” he told reporters post match.
“In addition, in the first half there was shown to be no difference in level between the two teams. We were getting worse as the play went on and we ended up playing badly and deserved to fall behind, even if the opponent did not score.
“But, we played better in the second half and deserved a goal ourselves. With our form in mind, strangely I cannot feel disappointed with a draw, it is difficult to accept, but the first step in any operation is to act with humility and we are required to accept the negative situation as it is.
“It may sound exaggerated to be not particularly disappointed with this result, but it would be arrogant to admit otherwise after the first half we produced.
“From such actions we can gradually recover our estimations and abandon the bad form that we are going through.”
Fernando Llorente started his first game since being frozen out of affairs over the summer.
“The game did not accommodate Llorente’s features in a field that was heavy and with few passes that looked to him.”