Carl Valeri didn't sound too rapt with Melbourne Victory's approach in a 4-0 demolition at the hands of Guangzhou Evergrande.
It was over before it really began. Former Benfica giant Anderson Talisca took it upon himself to demolish Victory's hopes of an upset, scoring a rocking header after just six minutes.
He then doubled the advantage four minutes later with a left-foot worldy, bending beyond Matt Acton from outside the area.
After Victory began to stabilise, a breakaway from Guangzhou led to the clincher from Yang Liyu, the winger tucking past a disappointing effort from Acton from a tight angle.
It was largely damage control from there on in, however a Leigh Broxham own goal, deflecting into his own net, added a little more insult to injury.
"We made too many mistakes, against a quality team they'll punish you every time," Valeri said.
"You just can't afford to make them and it's happened to us a couple of times. I think our style clashes. Sometimes it's the way when we play against that quality of opposition. I don't think we were up to scratch today to be honest.
"Our main focus now is the league, it's going to be tough but we're up to the challenge and I think we have the right mentality for it."
Melbourne Victory remain last in their group without a single point from three games, six points behind third-placed Sanfrecce Hiroshima.