David Villa insisted today that the eight point lead over Madrid “doesn’t mean the league is already won – it’s a big difference, but we can’t start thinking we’re champions just yet”.
Praise for Youth B team gesture
Villa also commented on the Youth B team’s attitude this weekend, when they gave a free goal
to their opponents after scoring whilst their keeper was injured: “it’s one of the good
values the Club hammers into the kids – that’s what this Club is like. It was a very
nice gesture and something that should be heeded and repeated in many sporting areas”.
“Even in a Barça-Madrid game? “ he was asked, “Yes, why not?”
No team have ever lost an eight point lead in La Liga with just eight games to go, but Villa
remains cautious: “we have to be realistic and accept that we are in a great position, but it
would be a mistake to see ourselves the champions already. Right now the league is ours to
Aim to win the next eight
The Spanish striker was also adamant that the team’s objectives
for the rest of the season involve winning the remaining eight games: “although we have that
lead, we have to keep taking points, winning games and our attitude is that we want to win all the
games that are left. If other teams help us and take points off Madrid, that’s even
Happy for Sporting
Villa was doubly happy with this weekend’s results, explaining:
“I’ve never hidden my support for Sporting and it was an important win for them that
helps to lift them out of the relegation whilst opening up the gap between us and Madrid”.
Focus switches to Champions
Now the team have to turn their attention to the Champions League and
Villa explained: “when you come into a game after losing or drawing, everyone knows you have
to put it behind you and concentrate on the next match, but the same thing holds true if
you’ve just won. Now we have to try and play well, win and get a good result for the second
leg”. Villa also spoke of his excitement at the opportunity to make the Champions League semi
finals – something he never managed with Valencia.
Stay calm and work hard!
It’s been six games without a goal for Villa, but although he’s not
used to such long periods without scoring, he insisted on the need for stay calm and work hard:
“you always get a bit worried when you aren’t scoring, but you have to stay calm. I
know it’s been a while since I’ve scored, but the only way to put that behind me is to
work hard in training and on the pitch”.