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A lot of news and a note on the Segunda (1st March, 2017)

So, Trashorras claims that Tebas threatened him with a 10000 euro fine if he supported the Bukaneros, Zozulya may be given clearance to play for a fourth team this season - a historic moment in which FIFA were compassionate (now how about that), and Paco Jémez is under increased pressure, something he described as "if Luis Enrique's hair is grey at Barcelona, he'd lose it in Mexico".

But today's post is about the Segunda. Seeing as Rayo now occupy the relegation spots with a relatively unchanged team from the one last season a bit of a note about the league wouldn't be amiss.

The fact that Javi Guerra, who scored 13 in La Liga, has scored 4 in the Segunda so far, and is the top scorer (joint with Ebert and Moreno) is surprising. And yes, the fact that Rayo aren't playing well justifies it, but is it simplistic?

Perhaps Rayo haven't adapted to a competition that overvalues speed and trickery - Míchel said he would bet on Lass Bangoura but against Getafe he once again disappointed. Perhaps Rayo have been unlucky - a lot.

Or perhaps Rayo really are very poor. Quite literally.

And it may get worse - Jordi Gómez's introduction for Baena was the death warrant of any defensive protection. Fran Beltrán can fill those shoes but it may not be enough. Moreover, the run-in from now until the end of the season is very very hard - Rayo have to face nine of the top 11 teams.

Good luck with that.

Finally, in the Trashorras interview he also stated that if Rayo went down to Segunda B he would stay. It is surprising that we take this loyalty for granted - it doesn't exist in modern football and when it does it is rarely a purely sporting decision. Trashorras could easily be making decent money - when Rayo were relegated to the Segunda he reportedly had offers from Turkey, UAE, Australia, Mexico, India and even Deportivo but renewed his contract till 2019.

But then Rayo is different, right?

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