The striker stressed the team must translate their focus from the win over Sevilla into their midweek clash with Benfica, as Sergio Busquets revelled in his 200th club appearanceDavid Villa has insisted that Barcelona cannot afford to relax as they prepare to continue their winning start to the Champions League this week.
The Blaugrana came from two goals down to beat Sevilla 3-2 in a dramatic Liga clash on Saturday, with the Spain striker grabbing the winner in the third minute of stoppage 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 teamplay. 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 Tito 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," said the 24-year-old to 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 in which the Sevilla man was sent off.
Busquets, however, insisted that the sending off was deserved, stating: “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.”
The clash in Andalusia was Busquets' 200th of his Barcelona career, and the Masia graduate admitted he was thrilled to have reached the milestone.
“It’s great. I’m young and it’s a good number [of games to reach], but I want a lot more and I want more victories like this one,” he added.