Leo Baptistao believes that Rayo Vallecano can be happy with their start to the season, one that he admits he didn’t believe he would be so involved in.
The Brazilian youngster debuted for the team this season in Week 2’s win at Real Betis and has since played in every League match for the Madrid minnows.
“I honestly did not expect to play as much,” he told AS in an interview published today.
“Actually, I didn’t think I would debut as soon as I have either, but I have come into Paco Jemez’ plans as early as the second game and played as part of that initial team.
“I was fortunate to score a goal and create another against Real Betis. Then I have stayed as a starter. I still have to keep working though, to continue to get the support from the Coach.”
It has been a mixed start for Rayo, who find themselves in 10th spot during the second international break of the season.
“The truth is that the first part of the League season is still going pretty well for the whole team and of course for me too,” reflected Leo on this.
“But it is long and we cannot rest, we must continue to work as we have done so far in order to continue with the same pace, intensity and performances.”
Rayo lead the way in terms of penalties conceded, having seen five awarded against them from just the seven matches played.
“Well yes, some have been strongly punished and others have not. The team is in a negative number on this front and we are trying to correct it for the future, to the extent that we can.
“We’ve talked in the dressing room between us so that, because it depends on us, the referees do not punish us in this aspect as they have done so far.”