Raul Tamudo: “It’s still strange to face Espanyol”

Rayo Vallecano striker Raul Tamudo admits it still feels weird to play against former side Espanyol, as he prepares to again do so this weekend.

The 33-year-old striker spent 18 years of his youth and senior career with Los Periquitos before leaving in 2010 to join Real Sociedad. After a year with la Real, where he faced Espanyol for the first time, Tamudo is now preparing to do so again with his latest team, Rayo Vallecano.

“For me, playing against Espanyol is not just another game. Last year I faced them whilst with Real Sociedad, I find it strange after spending a lifetime there. Football has these instances, but the truth is I never thought I would have to face Espanyol. The important thing is to win now.”

Tamudo is Espanyol’s all-time leading goalscorer with 129 strikes to his name, but he admits his history with the club will be put to one side for the game.

“[Facing Espanyol] is no extra motivation to win because you always have to win against whoever you play on the field. After two years since leaving Espanyol, after so long, I just think about my team, to play and to score goals.”

Tamudo has confirmed he will not celebrate should he score against Espanyol.

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