‘Rayo still light years away’

Paco Jemez has claimed that Rayo Vallecano “are still light years away from what we can be” ahead of Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday.

Los Vallecanos started the new campaign with a credible home draw against Valencia last week, despite a turbulent summer of excessive player turnover and speculation about the Coach's position after a 5-0 defeat to second-tier Albacete in pre-season.

“Even if Celta change players, the bulk of the squad and the philosophy remains the same,” he said at a Press conference.

“I don't expect a different Celta. They'll continue along the same line, the only difference being that there are two new players [replacing Michael Krohn-Dehli and Santi Mina].

“I enjoyed the [0-0 draw with Valencia], but we're still light years away from what we can be.

“We played at a good level but we still have to improve on certain things so we can be a better team.

“[On the playmaker conundrum], we'll try to move around the players as little as possible, but sometimes one has to play a position which isn't his.

“Besides Miku, we can also play [Patrick] Ebert or Jozabad there. It won't create problems.

“When Luis [Farina] is fit and other players arrive, these problems will end.

“[On training at Valdebebas for the game due to lawn treatment at their usual training ground], it was our only option, so we must thank Real Madrid for letting us use their facitilies.

“Our [training] pitches aren't as they should be at the moment, but the idea isn't to complain, rather to seek solutions. It was a pleasure to use their facilities.”

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