Chori champing at the bit

Rayo Vallecano new boy Alejandro ‘Chori’ Dominguez is raring to make his debut for the club in Sunday's derby against Atletico Madrid.

The 31-year-old Argentine striker arrived in Vallecas on a free transfer after rescinding his contract with Valencia, and could now make his bow for his new club at the Vicente Calderon.

“I’m really looking forward to it, I feel great. I am hoping to add something to the team and hopefully they can rely on me 100 per cent,” he told gathered media on Tuesday.

“I feel much better than when I first arrived, as I hadn’t done pre-season with the team, and now I am just waiting for the Coach to make his decision.”

Coach Paco Jemez has been boosted ahead of the game by the return to full training of skipper Piti, who sat out the goalless home draw with Sevilla prior to the international break because of a calf problem, while defender Tito is also training normally again after spending last week nursing a muscle knock.

That is a further boost to a Rayo side who will travel across the capital buoyed by a start to the season which has seen them take seven points from a possible nine.

“We are on the right road and need to focus on ourselves, we have to keep working hard and not gift them anything,” said Dominguez, who spent last season on loan at former club River Plate.

“Atletico are looking good, but I have faith in my teammates and it will be a great game.”

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