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The past, present and future of the Rayo Report - a new spin-off? (4th November, 2017)

My first tactical analysis piece for this blog wasn't actually The Rayo Report. It was a piece I did in July 2017, entitled Rayo Tactics - the delicately perfect balance of Míchel's team. It was a look back at Rayo's tactics over the final third of the season.

It was hastily assembled, and it was ugly. The tactical boards to represent the players were ugly. The structure of the post was ugly. I cringed when reading it back - it made no sense.

But I loved it. And so a new series was born...

The Rayo Report was a brand new tactical analysis series - for the first time on this blog I challenged myself to tactically analyse each and every Rayo league game, and have so far missed just one.

But I've enjoyed doing it so much that I asked you guys whether I should extend the series to include games that have already happened in the past, and you guys (overwhelmingly) said...


...yes! Which leads me to announce that The Rayo Report has a new spin-off, called The Rayo Archive, which will start sometime this month and will last until there are no more games that I can get footage of. It, hopefully, will not just analyze games in history but will also explain the historical context of the games itself.

Hopefully. And I also hope this satisfies my curiosity to analyse matches. If it doesn't I really don't know what the next step is!

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