This is in relation not only to a couple of questions Rayo Vallecano were still able to ask of their richer Madrid rivals, but the fact it is linked to the previous two Real results that have seen the team subjected to a lot of criticism.
Post-match, AS maintained the stance that problems remain at the club, with the line that Saturday’s game against Rayo had equal cause for optimism and concern. Indeed, for a 6-2 win, criticism was still apparent, with such things as Real falling behind within 15 seconds, having to beat Rayo on the counter-attack even though Real were at home, and 10-man Rayo’s good possession stats, all highlighted as evidence that issues remain.
This stems back to the team’s previous two matches. Those results – a Week 4 1-0 defeat at Levante and a Week 5 0-0 draw at Racing Santander – saw Los Blancos fall a point behind Barcelona, where previously they had held a two-point advantage over the Catalans.
Those results look to have inflicted more damage and raised more doubts than a 6-2 win can attempt to redress. In short, Jose Mourinho has lost a significant amount of the support he previously had from the Madrid-based Press.
‘No more excuses’ was one headline run amongst the Madrid-centric newspapers as the media staged war this against the Special One. Even AS sports editor, Alfredo Rela