David Villa believes the memory of Atletico Madrid beating Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final will last a lifetime.
Atletico triumphed 2-1 on aggregate and AS quotes Villa as predicting the tie will never be forgotten.
“It’s one of those days that is saved in history and we’ll all remember,” Villa said.
“Atletico are a big team who have had bad times and the successes are known much better here.
“In recent years, thanks to this team and the coaching staff we have achieved a lot and finally we’ve been able to do something great.
“We are in the semis of the Champions League and above Real Madrid and Barcelona in the League.
“The great result of all of this is that we finally overcame [Barca]. And what way to do it!”
Villa added that Atletico’s strong start was crucial to the performance, featuring an early flurry that saw the former Barca striker hit the woodwork twice.
“We knew we had to come out strong and go for the goal. You can’t hold back for 90 minutes against a team like Barca,” Villa continued.
“With a bit more luck we would have been able to extend the lead. Solidarity beats a team like Barca.”
It was put to Villa that there had been too much talk before the match from both sides.
“When things are not going well you have to talk on the field,” he said.
“I have learned in my career to speak on the microphone but I always did better on the pitch.”