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The Spain international struck just 10 times for Barcelona in La Liga last term but is expecting to both start and hit the back of the net more often with the Rojiblancos this term

David Villa is supremely confident that he will rediscover his very best goalscoring form at Atletico Madrid this season.

The Spain international's time at Barcelona was interrupted by a serious leg break at the 2011 Club World Cup and, even though the striker made a rapid recovery, he was never able to reclaim a regular berth in the Blaugrana starting line-up.

But Villa, who managed just 10 Liga goals last season, is in a bullish frame of mind ahead of his Atletico debut against Sevilla on Sunday, explaining that he already feels in sync with his new team-mates.

"We have put in a lot of pre-season work and, after all this training, I feel I am getting a clearer idea of the set-up here," the 31-year-old is quoted as saying by Uefa.com.

"I am delighted it has been going well. I feel physically fine and am calm. For a striker, the most important thing is to score goals.

"Little by little, I feel more connected to a team that has a clear system of play in place. With a strong work ethic, a constant desire to improve, and the team-mates I have here, I am sure the goals are going to come."

Villa freely admits, though, that he faces a real baptism of fire, with Atletico kicking off their campaign in Andalusia.

"We know we have a tough game in prospect but we are fully focused on starting in the strongest way possible," the forward declared.

Villa, who is Spain's all-time record goalscorer, joined Atletico from Barcelona for a reported €5.1m (£4.3m) this summer.

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