By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Bilbao were not helped by the dismissal of defender Aymeric Laporte just before half-time although they did have a couple of chances to secure the lead in the second half.
Levante, who were without star striker Ofabemi Martins due to the Nigerian's suspension, ended the game with the win courtesy of goals by Christian Lell, Vicente Iborra and Nabil El-Zhar. For the visiting side, only Aritz Arduriz scored early in the first half but they could not bury their chances for the rest of the game.
And Bielsa felt Levante did not put in their absolute best within the game and therefore the result reflects rather poorly on the Basque side.
"It was a Levante side less difficult than I expected, but nevertheless they won. They were able to reverse an adverse situation because we failed to impose our will on the scoreboard," the Argentine told reporters after the game.
"I don't mean to offend the fans of the home team, but Levante neither attacked nor defended as usual, and despite that, they won.
"Despite being worse than in other games, Levante still created chances. Their first goal didn't open us up. I don't think we saw our opponent turning the match and we didn't have time to counter.
"The defeat was a result of the a loss of initiative on our part. After the goal, we paused unnecessarily and in the second half they went deeper. We paid the price for what we did in the first half."
On the other hand, Levante coach Juan Ignacio Martinez was happy at seeing his side secure 30 points with the win as it guarantees that Los Granotes, at the minimum, get to avoid being drawn into a relegation dogfight.
The tumultous nature of the present season also sees them with a chance of securing Champions League football although they face stiff competition from the likes of Valencia, Real Betis and Malaga.
"We have thirty points and and are close to completing our objective for the season," he commented in the post-match press conference.
"For me, the most important thing is that we were able to overcome the adversity of being down a goal. Despite initial complications, we were able to recover and build up. The goals were due to the inferiority of our opponents but we deserved the victory."
Reportedly, captain Sergio Ballesteros will also stay on at the club for another season as he secured an automatic one-year extension to his contract on Sunday after participating in 25 games for the club.