Villarreal's players asked Atletico Madrid to ease off in Sunday's contest between the two clubs, Canal Plus reports.
A goal from Radamel Falcao in the dying stages of the match earned Atletico the three points and sent the Yellow Submarine to the Segunda Division for the 2012-13 season.
TV footage shows Villarreal midfielder Javi Camunas telling Atletico's players that winning the match would be pointless after Malaga had taken the lead against Sporting Gijon, a result that would see the Rojiblancos finish fifth in the league and outside the Champions League qualification places.
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"Filipe Luis, Malaga have scored," he reportedly exclaimed. "There is nothing for you to do here!"
Desperate to see the club avoid the drop, Villarreal's players then reportedly made up a second goal by Malaga in a bid to persuade Atletico to lower the intensity.
"Diego, Malaga are up 2-0," Carlos Marchena said.
After the match, a heartbroken Marchena promised that Villarreal would have their revenge over Atleti, reportedly saying: "[Diego] Godin, Diego..., this is not over! Diego, Filipe Luis, this is not over!"