Team Review: Rayo Vallecano in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 30, 2014
Rayo Vallecano in the 2013-14 Season

La Liga Finish: 12th

Match Results: W13-D4-L21

(Featured image: Rayo | Source: spakka.info)

 

Rayo Vallecano finished in the mid-table last season, a decline by a few spots from their position in the season prior. The side’s campaign was dramatic and on several occasions, they needed to endure beatings from their opponents and had to settle at the relegation zone for 20 non-consecutive weeks.

 

Rayo opened their campaign brightly, scoring a three-goal clean sheet against Elche. They ranked second overall in the first week of fixtures, surpassed only by defending champions and online betting favorites, Barcelona. However, their subsequent matches pulled them down in the league table after incurring landslide losses from Atletico Madrid, Levante, Malaga, Barca, Sevilla, and Valencia. These defeats later led them to fall below the safe spots as they joined Sevilla and Osasuna in the bottom three by week four.

 

Paco’s men started picking up by week 27 when they obtained victory against Real Sociedad and finally moved up from the table’s foot. This was later followed by a few more victories and one draw before being beaten again by Real Madrid 5-0. Regardless, the results have been agreeable and they successfully took themselves out of the danger zone. Towards the season’s closing, they gained three more victories, one stalemate, and three defeats. The relatively good streak ultimately put Los Franjirrojos in the top 12 and will thus remain in the Spanish top-flight football.

 

Rayo’s top scorer last season was Joaquin Larrivey who netted a total of 12 goals from all competitions. He, however, later left the squad to join Celta de Vigo. Larrivey was trailed closely by Alberto Bueno who scored 11.