Barcelona’s David Villa: Let the Clasico party against Real Madrid begin

Spaniard is looking forward to potentially playing against arch-rivals Real Madrid four times in all competitions during the remainder of the season

Barcelona striker David Villa is looking forward to playing arch-rivals Real Madrid four times in the space of just 18 days in three different competitions.

The Spanish champions qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday evening after defeating Shakhtar Donetsk 6-1 on aggregate in the last eight.

Madrid themselves are on course to book a spot in the last four as they lead Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 in their quarter-final tie. And should they progress, they will meet Barca for a place in the final.

That will set up two Clasicos in the Champions League and will be augmented by their meeting in La Liga on Saturday evening and then in the final of the Copa del Rey next week.

Villa, though, is relishing the chance to play four times against Jose Mourinho’s men, and is quoted as saying by Spanish daily AS: "Madrid have a favourable result [against Tottenham] and if we play four times against them, then there is nothing better for the show. Our fans are happy and we must prepare for a party now."

Despite the party mood, the Spain international has failed to score in a competitive game for his club since the end of February. But the World Cup winner remains confident that he can find the target soon.

"The goal will come," said the 29-year-old. "The team is winning and that is important."

Villa joined Barcelona from Valencia in the summer of 2010 and has scored 17 goals in 30 appearances in La Liga and three in nine matches in the Champions League.

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