An exultant Rayo faces the queen stage: Mallorca and Espanyol

The franjirrojos have chained six wins, between the League and the Cup, surpassing the streak of five in 2010-11 and 17-18. They face their toughest test at the best time.


Win, win and win again. El Rayo has taken it literally and continues to collect victories, having six: three in the League (Las Palmas, Alcorcón and Mirandés) and another three in the Cup (Teruel, Haro and Elche). What's more, it hasn't done anything else since a promising 2021 began. This streak has led the franjirrojos to fourth place in the standings - they have been promoted directly to five points - and to the knockout stages of the KO tournament.

In addition, Rayo de Iraola has shown in these last six duels some of its most characteristic qualities, such as solvency behind. He has only conceded four goals and has managed to leave a clean sheet three times - two of them, with Dimitrievski under sticks. In addition, the Vallecanos are showing punch, whether they play with a pure striker (Qasmi), some converted extreme (Baby or Antoñín) or Trejo of false nine. They have added fourteen goals in this full of victories and average 2.3 goals per game.

One would have to go back to December 2 to find Rayo's last defeat. And it is that after falling against Leganés (1-0), the franjirrojos have come up and have completed a streak of eight games without losing. All this has made the people of Madrid are exultant and face their queen stage with optimism, since now two of the heavyweights of the category appear. This Saturday they host Mallorca in Vallecas (4:00 p.m.) and next Sunday 31 they visit Espanyol (4:00 p.m.).

Both commitments will determine the true aspirations of the Rayistas, if they can fight for one of the direct promotion positions, which currently occupy parrots and vermilion, or their fight is reduced to staying in the playoff positions. Looking back, the Franjirrojos have reason for hope, as they beat both in the first round. The Vallecanos won (0-1, with a goal from Isi) in the league debut of Son Moix and also in the visit of the leader (1-0, Isi again) .

"In terms of results, this is our best moment. We have had solidarity and defensive forcefulness, which is what the game against Mirandés has given us. We feel fortunate to have the players we have. They are giving everything. There will be moments when that the results do not accompany and we will have to press, that will be when it will probably cost us the most, "explained Iraola, who highlighted the commitment of his players. Yesterday, in Anduva, he could already count on those who had been positive contacts for COVID: "They had been unemployed for ten days. I did not want to risk with them at the beginning and they were able to go out in the second half. That conditioned the line-up."

In spite of the extra-sporting storm surge, the Rayo de Iraola has struck down the best streaks of the last decade, in terms of consecutive victories. It has already surpassed the five triumphs of the Sandoval team in the 2010-11 season (Xerez, Cartagena, Barcelona B, Numancia and Córdoba) and of Míchel's in the 2017-18 season (Albacete, Zaragoza, Barcelona B, Tenerife and Granada) . In both cases, they achieved it only in league matches and ended up reaping a promotion to First. One would have to go back to 91-92 to find something like that, when they defeated Sabadell, Bilbao Athletic, Betis, Avilés Industrial, Real Madrid B and Racing and ended up rising. So there is reason to believe ...

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