Rayo Vallecano is back. After 10 days of vacation, Andoni Iraola’s team returned to work this Thursday with the aim of beginning to prepare a second part of the season in which the franjirrojos will seek to continue confirming their good moment. Despite the 22 points and proven solvencythe objective is to achieve salvation as soon as possible and thus avoid the potholes suffered in the second round of last year.
to the already known absence of Path Ciss, Iraola has not been able to tell in this return to training neither with Salvi Sánchez nor with three of the four non-World Cup internationals. Camel, Falcao and Dimitrievski they have a few additional days of vacation, after having fulfilled their respective international commitments and having gone on vacation later.
Before returning to the competition, Rayo has scheduled up to four friendlies and two trips in this preseason that will last for almost a month. After four days of training in Madrid, Turkey will be the first destination for the Strip. There, they will dispute two games against Fenerbahe on the 30thwhile on December 3 they will face Galatasaray.
Upon returning from Ottoman lands, Rayo will continue his preparation at home and will face Atlético de Madrid on the 10th, in a friendly pending confirmation by both clubs. The final climax will come on December 17 in England, where Iraola’s men will close their preparation with a friendly against Newcastle. The four appointments will be the first opportunity to see a Ral de Toms that he will have to wait until 2023 to live his official rerun with the franjirroja shirt.
Atlético Saguntino and Girona, the two final challenges of 2022
On Thursday, December 21, Rayo Vallecano will return to the official competition and I will do it in the second round of Copa del Rey against Atlético Saguntino, in which it will be the first official confrontation between both clubs. It will be the second cupbearer challenge for a Rayo who dreams of a competition in which last season they reached the historic semifinals.
After the Nou Camp de Morvedre, those of Iraola will close the year visiting Montilivi and facing Michel Sánchez’s Girona. They will do it on December 29 in a stadium of pleasant memory in the most recent history of a Rayo that managed to ascend to First Division in 2020-2021 in the Giron fiefdom.