Amat: Rayo to ‘do damage’ v Barca

Espanyol-owned Rayo Vallecano youngster Jordi Amat is unsurprisingly keen to make an impression against Barcelona this weekend.

Barca visit the Campo de Vallecas this Saturday to take on a Rayo side whose only other home defeat this season was sustained against Real Madrid.

“We really want to play a good game against Barcelona,” stated the 20-year-old centre-back. “There are many things we have to do well to get something from the game. We can do a lot of damage in Vallecas, and it will be a very nice occasion.”

Catalonia born and bred, Amat made 41 appearances for Barca's city rivals Espanyol before joining the Franjirrojos on loan last summer.

“As we are a good team we have to go out with a very high intensity and the maximum possible concentration,” he continued, arguing that there is little difference between the Blaugrana sides of Tito Vilanova and predecessor Pep Guardiola.

“I see the same Barca, with the same intensity and desire to win.”

Amat missed Rayo's defeat to Espanyol last time out as he wasn't permitted to feature against his parent club.

“I am eager to return to play and help the team, because last weekend I was stuck in the stands, and nervous. That decision was made by the clubs, I accept it.”

The young defender was linked to a move to Barca's B team in July.

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