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Villa calls for Barcelona to focus

Barcelona forward David Villa has warned his team they cannot afford to relax as they prepare to face Benfica in the Champions League.

Tito Vilanova’s side came from two goals down to beat Sevilla 3-2 in a dramatic La Liga clash on Saturday, with the Spain forward grabbing the winner in the third minute of additional time.

The 30-year-old admitted he was relieved to have helped his side earn the victory, and has called on the team to show the same kind of commitment when they take on Benfica on Tuesday.

“I’m happy that I was able to help the team in the little time I had,” he told reporters after the match.

“Sevilla fought hard and they played well. Thank God that I was able to finish off some good team play. We’re taking the three points.

“It’s now time to focus on another competition. We’re very pleased to leave here with such an important result and now we have to focus on the match in Lisbon.

“It’s an important and difficult match and that’s why we can’t afford ourselves the luxury to relax. We want the three points.”

Sergio Busquets echoed the sentiments of his compatriot, warning that Vilanova’s side will face a tough test at Estadio da Luz.

“We are eager to win so that we can preserve our perfect start in the Champions League,” he told reporters.

“We want to win but we know that they are a very difficult team and they have quality players, especially up front.”

Cesc Fabregas came in for criticism from some quarters after the match, after claims that he went to ground too easily during a confrontation with Gary Medel that saw the Sevilla man sent off.

Busquets, however, insisted the sending off was deserved, saying: “Medel wasn’t letting go of the ball and Cesc went over to get it. The two squared off and Medel hit him. That’s a fair red card.”

Sun 30 September, 2012
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