Jemez hails ‘inspiring’ Baptistao

Rayo Vallecano Coach Paco Jemez paid tribute to Leo Baptistao after the striker’s late goal helped his side beat Real Mallorca.

The 20-year-old Brazilian broke the deadlock after 87 goalless minutes at the Campo de Vallecas yesterday afternoon. It was his sixth La Liga goal of the season, and Rayo went on to win 2-0 with a further goal scored by Andrija Delibasic.

“Leo is showing the category of player that he is,” Jemez stated at full time. “Not only is he on a roll but he’s enjoying himself and inspiring us. He’s a great player with a good future and we are here to help. It’s all happened for him at once, but he’s a smart guy.”

The win was especially significant as the Madrid minnows managed to keep a clean sheet, having conceded 29 goals in the 12 matches prior.

“I would say it’s our best game of the season,” the former Franjirrojos defender continued. “As we have not made any mistakes and we have had the patience to break down Mallorca.

“I have to congratulate everyone. We have mitigated our little flaws and kept a clean sheet, which is worth a lot.”

Jemez was particularly glad to see young players contributing to the victory.

“We have to use the cantera, as it is a way to understand the project. Ruben Ramiro debuted today and Nacho played a spectacular match.”

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