Real Madrid missed multiple opportunities and had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Rayo Vallecano at their home ground on Sunday. This result pushed them to the second position in the table, trailing behind Girona.
From the outset, the hosts asserted their dominance. However, despite incessant pressure and firing off 22 shots, they were unable to find the back of the net.
Madrid’s recent match marked their first scoreless game this season, resulting in Carlo Ancelotti’s team falling two points behind the surprising leaders, Girona, who secured a -2 victory against Osasuna last Saturday.
Barcelona, who secured third place, accumulated a total of 27 points following an exhilarating 1-0 victory against Real Sociedad.
Coach Ancelotti stated that he is not concerned about not being able to score despite attempting various strategies that have not yielded desired results. He acknowledged that such outcomes are inevitable at times.
In my opinion, the match was good as it had a positive attitude and presented plenty of opportunities. However, we were lacking in scoring a significant goal. Despite feeling disheartened by the outcome, I still believe that overall, it was a good match.
In a remarkable demonstration of defensive prowess, Rayo delivered a commanding performance, spearheaded by their exceptional goalkeeper, Stole Dimitrievski. With unwavering determination, Dimitrievski thwarted the relentless attempts from Federico Valverde and Joselu throughout the initial half of the game.
Real had the chance to take the lead in the 66th minute, as Vinicius Junior believed he had successfully scored. However, his effort was disallowed due to a previous offside.
Rayo striker Raúl de Tomás expressed to DAZN that the team’s performance in the game was highly comprehensive. Although familiar with the stadium, we have dedicated ourselves and I am extremely proud of my teammates for their remarkable efforts.
On Wednesday, it is the turn of the Spanish giants to host Braga in the Champions League.