Manolo Jimenez felt the kick-off time hindered his Real Zaragoza, but counterpart Paco Herrera felt that they could have drawn with his Celta Vigo.
Zaragoza fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Celta Vigo on Monday night, which according to Jimenez was a time that played its part in switching his players off.
“We cannot win in 80 minutes and then lose the game in 10. This was a Monday game, with the whole day beforehand and it was difficult to get the players going,” complained Jimenez afterwards.
“This is a step back, but we hope to take more steps forward. Still, you cannot judge the work of the team each day.
“I can say that we are not playing certain aspects of the game well, but I will not let it be said that the team is a disaster.”
Herrera saw his side end a losing streak of six on the road in La Liga with Monday night’s smash-and-grab 1-0 result at La Romareda.
Despite seeing Zaragoza dominate possession, the tactician did see enough reason for Celta to have taken at least a point from the match.
“It is deserved because we scored more than Zaragoza, but a draw would also have been fair for what happened,” admitted the Coach.
“Zaragoza dominated more, we have tightened at the back very well, particularly in the first half, and we have not quit playing, which is something that we do well, even if ultimately it is results that matter in football.
“We had a good defensive balance and helped close out the spaces on the pitch and earn us the win. Celta had two clear chances, one was a goal and the other was not. Zaragoza dominated but only had the one chance.
“We are learning game by game, we played this game with nine home-grown players.”
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