The Rayo Majadahonda data: maximizing its virtues

It is not the one that best attacks nor the one that best defendsand. But it is a team that is knowing maximize your virtues and seize your moments. This explains why a Ray Majadahonda in decline at home I arrived at Riazor fourth, just four points of Sports. And it is that everything that is losing abroad is being won at home by the team from abel gomezto which the herculino box already managed to defeat a Cerro del Espino that since then has been impregnable.

Tend to be vertical and without the need to produce too much to mark. Rayo Majadahonda threatens the status of Dépor since its paw print. And it is that the Majariego team is one of the teams thatthat fewer clear chances generateswith only 1.05 expected goals (xG) per encounter. However, he ranks in the top half of goal scorers. 36 goals in 28 games the rayista squad has harvested -not counting the victory against Extremadura in this second round-. Only Racing de Santander, Celta B, Cultu, Unionistas and Calahorra improve their baggage.

The team coached by Abel Gómez bases its offensive strength on the ability to do damage to space. And it is that the Ray prefer to run before pausing. And for this, he has no problem playing directly. In fact, 1 in 7 passes he takes are long: of the 357.8 total average, 51.04 cover a distance between 10 and 30 meters -depending on the area of ​​the field-.

He does not need to look for the lateral center (14.66 per game, in the middle of the table) nor do he step much in the area (12.55 touches within the area, the least). But he manages to find depth through his idea, since it is one of the teams that sends the most balls to the radius of the last 20 meters with respect to the rival goal (5.89 deep passes).

Without the ball, Rayo Madahonda grant. And his rivals penalize him relatively. The Madrid team does not stand out in any defensive section, concede more than one goal per game (32 in 28). The majariega squad does not shine in duels without the ball either. Lightning tend to time more than being aggressive once the rival is installed in his field: he allows the opponent 10.76 passes per own defensive action (only Racing de Santander and Dépor have a higher PPDA).

A ‘Pichichi’… substitute?

One of the big names on the Rayo squad is Hector Hernandez. The striker, namesake of the Dépor side, is a consolidated footballer in the third category of national football. This campaign collects 9 goalsalthough as a result of the painful defeat in the last start (in Tudela), he lost the position. Abel Gómez usually bets on a 4-2-3-1 in which there is only room for a born center forward. That is usually the ex of Albacete, author of 9 goals. But in the last match against Unionistas, which ended with a 4-3 victory, the starter was Ruben Sanchez. The man from Toledo, who made his debut in the First Division with Sporting, has chained starts and substitutions. And when he has been part of the eleven, he has usually moved Hernández to the left sector. Now the question arises as to whether the Rayista coach will repeat and send his top scorer to the bench again.

Rayo’s other differential footballer was Raúl Sánchez. But the end ‘flew’ in the winter market towards Ibiza. came as a substitute Key Mendes from Las Palmas. The attacker has not managed to get a place in the eleven, although he has minutes in all games and could be a dangerous replacement for the second half.

Beyond the attack, the midfielder mario garcia He is being one of the most outstanding footballers. Although the leader of it is Jesus BernalMario’s companion in the double pivot. The man from Zaragoza is the general captain of a block with two good right-backs like Borja Gonzalez and the Galician Angel Wandswho rotate in the position or even coexist, each occupying a lane.

With these individual arguments, the Majadahonda will seek to give a twist to its dynamics at homebecause he has harvested so only three points of the last 18 in play. His last two outings ended in defeat, but at the end of February he was able to nail a pike (0-1) in Las Gaunas against a direct rival like SD Logroñés. Something that not everyone is capable of.