David Villa: I stayed calm

David Villa has enthused at returning to goalscoring form for Atletico Madrid and mused that his recent issues did not deter him.

The 31-year-old ended a mini-drought in front of goal in Week 10 with a double against Real Betis to contribute to his side’s 5-0 win.

“I’m happy, not only for the goals, but mainly for the team's victory and especially the good feeling,” considered Villa to reporters afterwards.

“Here I felt fine after suffering a long time in the field. I had to stop for a bit because of the ankle. When you have problems you are not at 100 per cent.

“At the end of the day I’ve stayed calm, because I’m beginning to feel good and I’ve recovered from the discomfort and I knew that sooner or later I would score goals.

“It is always important for a striker to help the team with goals but the team's victory is the most important.

“Diego Simeone’s support? From day one, even when I was not yet an Atleti player, he supported me to be here, he has wanted me to be here. I’m happy to have repaid some of that love with goals.”

Villa has now moved up to four goals in La Liga, seven behind leading scorer and club colleague Diego Costa.

“He loses his man very well. He is in great form at the moment, sensational, any ball that arrives at his feet you feel confident he will score it.”

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