Valencia coach Voro accepts Real Madrid deserved their 2-0 win last night.
Marco Asensio and Vinicius Jr scored for Real, with Gabriel Paulista being sent off for Valencia.
Voro later said, "Real Madrid were the better side. We came into this game off a delicate situation and it was not the best place for us to score points. In the first half we tried to shut things off inside and make sure that the team were organized, Madrid had more dominance and we went forward, although without having a clear chance. Then, in the second half, there was a great goal from Asensio and in 3 minutes they scored a second goal, also a product of the desperation of our high pressing. With the sending off the game was over.
"It has not been a one-off event. Conceding two goals in three minutes is not necessarily down to an error. The first goal was a shot from outside the area that was hit very well, and for the second they caught us looking for the equaliser and losing our positions a little. There was a deep pass to Vinicius Jr, with the speed that he has, and he finished.
"I do not attribute it to a specific problem. Madrid have a strong attack and it is normal for them to create chances. In the situation we are in, we came to compete, to try to defend, to make the game long... and to look for some option to counter-attack, but in the first half we held on and in the second -with the first and second goals- the game was over."
Voro insists there's enough time for Valencia to turn their season around.
He also said: "We have to hold on to the fact that there are 19 games left, that we have a team that train with intensity, that there is a good group with no cracks. It is situation that can happen when a team are in a dangerous situation, that there could be problems in the dressing room , but that is not the case.
"We have to go game by game. We don't have midweek games and we have to bring people back. We have to become strong in things that were done well before, improve the defensive aspect and go point by point and game by game without looking beyond every Sunday. I am optimistic that there are many points left and the team are competing and do not give up.
"We have an important challenge and we need everyone to achieve the objective, which is to score the maximum number of points so as not to be in such a dangerous situation."