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Granada players have paid for a fleet of coaches to transport away fans to their important clash with Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.

Generally speaking, in La Liga you don't often see large quantities of fans travelling to away games, aside from the most important matches against historic rivals or for regional derbies.

Ticket prices, travel costs, trips in excess of 10+ hours between some cities, fixture schedules and kick-off times (10pm on a Sunday night isn't great if you've got to be in work on Monday morning), are all good reasons why you don't see many away supporters at most stadiums on a weekend.

However, there are times when the players we all idolise as fans, who aren't exactly short of money themselves, dip their hands in their pockets and show recognition for the fans who ultimately, pay a big contribution towards their wages.

One such occasion has taken place at Granada this week, with players having paid for a fleet of coaches to take fans north to Madrid, for their important relegation battler with Rayo Vallecano at the weekend.

The Vallecas home of Rayo Vallecano might be a compact little stadium, but the fans there certainly make up for that, with their animated and highly vocal support for their team. Keen to have plenty of their own fans backing them there, the Granada players decided to take the initiative, clubbed together and booked the coaches that will transport their own vocal support to Madrid.

Delighted to take up the generous offer from the players, every seat on every coach was snapped up within twenty-four hours, meaning that instead of about fifty or so fans making the trip, there'll be hundreds of Granada supporters at the game on Saturday, keen to cheer their team to a positive result.

Following their regional Andaluz derby victory at home against Málaga last weekend, the next two games, away at Rayo Vallecano and at home against Eibar are must-win encounters for Granada, if they're to survive in La Liga. After that, they make the daunting trip away to Real Madrid, so clearly the preference is to be outside the relegation zone by then.

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