Rayo Vallecano boss Paco Jemez blasted his side’s defending as “shameful” after their 3-0 home loss to Athletic Bilbao on Friday.
Rayo’s hopes for a top-half finish took a blow in Vallecas as goals from Mikel San Jose, Oscar de Marcos and Ander Herrera sealed Bilbao’s spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League.
Jemez’s side still sit ninth but can be overtaken by a host of sides over the weekend after their first home defeat since February.
And the manager slammed his side’s defensive efforts from set-pieces, the source of all three goals.
“We competed well, but we lacked fluency,” Jemez said.
“And against a team like Athletic, you can’t afford to do that.
“The worst part of our game was our defending at set pieces – it was shameful, horrible.
“The first two goals were our fault, there’s no doubt about that. They were much better than us – no complaints about that.”