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El Loco believes replacing Falcao is a tall order but retains his faith that David Villa would be more than up to the task

So David Villa has signed up with Atletico Madrid from Barcelona after three years at Nou Camp.

Villa, 31, seems to be happy and relieved with this move  and is looking forward to fresh challenge wirh Atletico.

Life at Nou Camp was not that sweet for this prolific striker last season - where he did not see much action as he would have wanted.

However, he still managed to score 10 goals in Primera Liga from 28 matches. 

Not bad really, especially after missing the whole of 2011-2012 season because of a broken tibia suffered in the Club World Cup in December of 2010.

The signing of Brazilian sensation Neymar also means it will be even harder for Villa to even make the bench in the new season.

Thus... it is understandable why Villa wanted out.

Villa scored 48 goals in 119 games with Barca, including one in the Champions League final against Manchester United in 2011, and helped them win two Primera Liga titles.

And he remains as Spain's all-time leading scorer with 56 goals from 92 matches. He was part of the side who won the Euro 2008 and World Cup in 2010 - finishing as the side's top scorer at both tournaments.

He missed Euro 2012 because of the broken tibia, though. Sad episode for him, this one.

Villa's new challenge with Atletico is unenviable.

He is supposed to be the replacement for Colombian superstar and goal-machine Radamel Falcao, who has left Madrid to be with big spenders Monaco.

Falcao scored 28 goals from 33 games in Primera Liga last season and it is going to be a tall order for Villa to emulate.

This was third highest behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who netted 46 and 34 goals respectively.

The good factor for Villa is that he is taking the challenge in his strides and aim to do what he can to help Diego Simeone's side.

That should be good enough to get him started.

 "I'm delighted to be starting this new period and I'm looking forward to setting out on this new adventure. I'm coming to Atletico, a winning team that have won lots of titles in recent years," said Villa.

"I've spoken to Simeone and his trust was one of the keys to me coming here. I can't wait to start taking orders from him and repay that trust," he added.

Atletico fans are hoping to see Villa will settle down fast with the team and show what he is capable of after what happened last season last season.

Villa is not Falcao but he knows where the goal is. It's a matter of regaining his form.

In another development, Argentine defender Martin Demichelis has also signed up with Atletico from Malaga.

He is a capable centreback, who used to play for Argentina before. His presence should beef up Atletico squad although he may be inconsistent.

Demichelis said one of the main reasons why he decided to join 'Los Rojiblancos' is because they are a winning, successful and strong team.

"Then it's clear Simeone knows a bit more about my career and performance over the last few years, because he is Argentinian,"  he said.

With 'old hands' like Villa and Demichelis on board, Atletico can look forward to mount a challenge to finish among the top four in the new season.

Atletico finished third last season.

Decent buys by Atletico.

Interesting to see Villa combining with names like Diego Lopez, Adrian Lopez and Anda Turan upfront for Atletico.

Adios!

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