Vilanova: Rayo is Barcelona's toughest trip so far

The Blaugrana trainer believes that the Vallecas side could prove to be tricky opponents as the Catalan giants are aiming for their eighth La Liga win
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has stressed that Rayo Vallecano will not be pushovers in Saturday evening's La Liga encounter.

The Catalans recorded a 7-0 away win over Rayo last term, but Vilanova has warned against complacency as he believes the Madrid-based side could trouble Barca this time around.

Barcelona travel to Rayo Vallecano looking to maintain their eight-point lead
"The trip to Rayo is the toughest trip so far. [Rayo coach] Paco Jemez has done a great job. It won’t be easy for us to come out with the ball, because they are a very adventurous side," Vilanova stated at a press conference.

"Vallecas is never an easy ground to visit and on Saturday they won’t just sit back and wait – they’ll go toe to toe with us."

The Barca coach then revealed he has been satisfied with his side's performances so far as the Catalans sit atop of the table with 22 points from eight games.

"I am very happy with the players’ performances and I have no complaints. Winning titles is important, but it’s maybe even more so to have the confidence that the players will be in the [title race] till the end of the season."

Saturday's match against Rayo is scheduled to kick off at 22:00CET.