Rayo Vallecano boss Paco Jemez felt Iker Casillas shut a few people up in Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory at the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas.
Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez ensured Los Blancos are still within touching distance of Barcelona at the top, while Jemez believed it was down in no small part to under-fire stopper Casillas.
“Casillas silenced a few people. We’ve not had so many shots against Real Madrid for a long time and it was because of him we didn’t score,” he told the ‘El Partido de las 12’ programme.
“He is still one of the best goalkeepers around and he proved that again today. Unfortunately for us games don’t last 45 minutes but we were also good at times during the second half.
“It’s normal that Madrid were up for it more after the break and tried to wear us down. They are a powerful side and it’s usual for that to happen.
“Despite their goals we gave a good reply and I’m satisfied with our performance.”
Jemez also commented on the decision not to award Cristiano Ronaldo a penalty in the second half when he appeared to have been felled in the box.
“I thought a penalty had been given. It was a very quick move and you can hardly see anything, although I sensed there was something there,” he admitted.