Tension at Rayo ahead of Granada clash

Tension is mounting in Vallecas ahead of Rayo Vallecano’s crucial game with Granada on Sunday amid reports of dressing room unrest.

Los Franjirrojos have taken just three points from the last 30 available and need a win against the Andalusians to guarantee top-flight safety. Yet reports this week have suggested that the players have fallen out with boss Jose Ramon Sandoval and moral is on the verge of collapse, something denied by captain Michel.

“I categorically deny there have been problems,” insisted the midfielder. “I accept there have been disagreements, as in any other dressing room, but it is not exactly a riot situation.”

Director of football Felipe Minambres confirmed there had been a crisis meeting three days ago to ‘analyse the situation at the club’, at which it was decided that Sandoval would remain in charge for the last match.

“At the end of Saturday’s game against Sevilla (which Rayo lost 5-2) we held a meeting, but as it was late we continued it the next morning. I gave my opinion and so did everybody else present.

“At this meeting we came to the conclusion that the Coach must continue, because we had reached 40 points and the objective in our first season back in La Primera was salvation, and we still have a chance of that. No player has asked for the boss to be sacked,” he added.

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