PRIMERA MATCH REPORT

Primera Week 23 - 10 Feb 2013 (14.00 UK)
Rayo Vallecano 2 - 1 Atletico Madrid
Lass 3 (RV), Leo Baptistao 32 (RV), Falcao 90 (AM)
Campo de Futbol de Vallecas

Paco Jemez was left looking for new ambitions for Rayo Vallecano, as Diego Simeone admitted they deserved to defeat his Atletico Madrid.

The Madrid minnows defeated city rivals Atleti on Sunday evening 2-1 at Vallecas to move on to 37 points for the season.

Sitting in sixth position and just two points away from the final Champions League qualification spot, Rayo should now start considering more than just League survival, argues their Coach.

“We must always ask the team for more. We always have to be more demanding with ourselves. I believe we can go where we are demanded to,” Jemez told reporters after the win.

“Now we are in a situation where we just have to look forward. Our future is clear and we have so far gone where we have been required to go.

“We are not satisfied with what we have achieved, there is no comfort in the dressing room, we want to make more history.

“The biggest thing for today [Sunday], more than the three points, is that people will say how Rayo play football. That is what I am most proud of. We have to enjoy everything that we are doing.”

Simeone conceded that the result was a fair one.

“In the first half we did not play well, in the second half we were better. We had some chances to get back into the game, especially that which fell to Filipe Luis,” concluded Simeone at the whistle.

“The first half was bad, but the second half we rarely reached the goal. In the first half Rayo were superior but in the second they did not trouble us.

“These are games. Rayo did well and you have to give credit to the opponent. I will not look for who to blame in the team for the loss.

“Rayo were better than us and scored early in the game, which encouraged them to start playing even better. Rayo were better and in the football. Today we played below our usual level.

“We know what we can do and we have no problem accepting that we need to improve. During the first half we virtually didn’t enter the field. I am not concerned by the away form, though.”


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