Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo has slammed the state of Getafe’s pitch after his side lost their first league game of the season.
With Barcelona drawing to Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon, it was down to Marcelino’s impressive Valencia to move to within a point of the league leaders.
However, despite dominating possession and having the more chances – they lost to a brilliant and professional Getafe side.
The hosts fell to ten-men as soon as the 25th minute after Uruguayan defender Mauro Arambarri picked two bookings in the space of five minutes to be sent his marching orders.
Valencia, though, failed to capitalise on their advantage and headed into the half-time break on level terms.
Markel Bergara then set the La Liga title race alight, giving the home side a surprising lead after the hour mark.
Valencia pushed for a leveller but chances for Santi Mina, Simone Zaza and Rodrigo proved very few and far between.
Following the match, Parejo took to press to discuss the state of the pitch at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, following similar remarks made by Barcelona previously this season.
“We’ve suffered our first defeat of the season,” the midfielder said after the game.
“We knew it was going to be difficult and we have to congratulate Getafe. They picked up the three points, but great football can’t be played on a pitch like that.
“The conditions for how they won weren’t fair, but that’s football. It seemed like they didn’t look after the grass for a week. The ball didn’t run properly and the pitch was dry.
“It’s not an excuse, but the League has to look for solutions [to problems like these] in order to be the best in the world.”
Parejo’s comments follow Barca’s, who were left angry with the state of the pitch back in September in a game which saw French attacker Ousmane Dembele stretched off the pitch injured.
The result leaves Valencia five points behind league leaders Barcelona, who along with Atletico Madrid, are now the only two sides to have not lost this season.