Barcelona pleased with David Villa’s recovery and effort
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has praised David Villa following his performance in the 2-0 Copa del Rey win over Cordoba on Wednesday.
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Villa has been reported to be discontent with life at Camp Nou after receiving little playing time since recovering from a broken leg earlier this summer but he featured for 80 minutes against Cordoba.
“I am very pleased with [Villa's] work,” Vilanova said. “He provided the assist for Messi and he gave us a lot of options up top.
“He fought a lot. He played with a lot of rhythm and he reminded me of the footballer he was before his injury. I took him off because I believed that [Cristian] Tello’s pace would help us score a third goal.
Midfielder Thiago Alcantara also returned after an injury lay-off and was deemed man of the match by many who watched the game in Andalusia.
“I am very happy, because he was out for a long time,” Vilanova said. “He is a very complete player. When you need to keep hold of the ball, he keeps hold of it. If we need him to shoot, he shoots.
“He is a player that has progressed a lot in the last year. He played a very good game.”