Villa proud of landmark goal

Barcelona forward David Villa spoke of his pride after he scored

his 300th career goal in Wednesday night’s 3-1 Copa del Rey victory

over Alaves.

Borja Viguera had given the visitors a shock lead in the 17th

minute but Adriano equalised 10 minutes before the break at the Nou

Camp.

Villa scored a second-half brace as Tito Vilanova’s side eased

to a 6-1 aggregate win to progress to the fifth round.

It was the Spain international’s 39th strike for Barca and the

seventh of what has so far been a frustrating campaign for the

former Valencia frontman.

“I have not played 90 minutes. The 301 goals make you think that

you’ve done well and makes you feel proud to have achieved many

goals,” the striker said after the match.

Vilanova hinted that Villa could be given more first-team

opportunities in the coming weeks.

“I think David has been fine, has scored twice and has completed

90 minutes,” the boss told reporters,” he said.

“He has been playing regularly and every day I see an

improvement. He has worked extensively with (physio) Emili Ricart

over the summer.

“There has been a small break in terms of recovery. But it’s

normal, I’m recovered and I’ve trained well all week,” he said.

“I have always felt important, even when injured. Always

(Barcelona) have shown me much love.”

Alaves top the Segunda Division and they certainly took the

confidence gained by their impressive start to Catalunya.

“They played very well,” Villa said.

“They have proven to be a great team and came to the Camp Nou to

enjoy themselves. We struggled a lot in the first half and it has

been a tough game despite the result (3-0 Barcelona) going

there.”