Paco: Rayo not a La Liga team

Paco Jemez accused his Rayo Vallecano players of not being fit for La Liga after they squandered the lead twice in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Real Sociedad.

Goals from Aritz Elustondo and Bruma cancelled out earlier strikes from Diego Llorente and Jozabed to extend Rayo’s winless run to seven matches, and the Coach warned his side needed to tighten up and fast or be relegated at the end of the season.

“The point tastes of nothing, especially after what we did on the pitch,” he said after the game.

“We went ahead twice but didn’t win. How many goals will we have to score to win a game?

“The team have been wrong, me first. The goals we conceded clearly show we aren’t a La Liga team [at the moment].

“Everyone is responsible for the team’s decline, me first. We can’t be conceding goals as we are.

“It’s a haemorrhage we’re bleeding from. Our defensive capability is suited to the wrong division.

“The lads give everything, but we’ve got to where we have.

“I still trust them because they leave everything behind, know where we’re going wrong and work hard every week.

“We have to keep pounding on the whole issue of care because the goals we concede come from a lack of marking.

“Such defending will result in us no longer being a top-flight team.

“[On going seven games without a win], it’s a horrible run, but we can still finish the first half of the season out of the relegation zone.

“Our margin for improvement isn’t in attack but the whole team defensively.

“We’re a team who concede too many goals to be a top team and therefore we must continue working hard.

“If we don’t improve in this aspect, we have nothing to compete for.

“What we have to do to win, score five goals? The solution is working hard.”

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