Rayo Vallecano striker Raul Tamudo nervous facing Espanyol

Rayo Vallecano striker Raul Tamudo is nervous ahead of facing former club Espanyol.

Rayo Vallecano striker Raul Tamudo is nervous ahead of facing former club Espanyol.

Tamudo is Espanyol's record goalscorer with 129 goals in 340 matches between 1996 and 2010 and despite acknowledging that Los Periquitos will always have a place in his heart, he is now focused on winning games for Rayo.

"For me, playing against Espanyol isn't just another game. Last year I faced them when I was with Real Sociedad but it felt strange after spending almost my entire life there.

"Football is like this, but the truth is I never thought I would ever play against Espanyol, although now it is important to win for Rayo.

"It is two years since I left Espanyol and after such a long time I now only think about my team, about playing well and scoring goals, but I have some fantastic memories of my time there and I will always cherish them."

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