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Barcelona goal drought has Villa worried

Barcelona striker David Villa has revealed his concern over a recent lack of goals at club level ahead of tonight's Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Although he recently became Spain's record goalscorer with a brace against the Czech Republic, Villa has not found the the net in his last six outings for Barca — having previously struck in four successive matches and notched 21 goals for the club since his summer move from Valencia.

Villa said: “Whenever you don't score you get a little worried, but what I have to do is work hard in training and in games and be calm.

“You have hardly any time to decide what to do (in front of goal), and sometimes you decide well, and other times you make a bad choice and don't score.

“A goal will arrive and if I don't score a team-mate will.”

Despite Villa's barren spell, Barca have barely broken stride, winning seven and drawing the other of their last eight games to continue their bid for a second treble in three seasons.

It is looking especially good in La Liga, but Villa said: “To have an eight-point lead with eight games left is a considerable difference, but we must not fall into the error of thinking we are champions. Right now only we can lose the league.”

Barca are also in the final of the Copa del Rey, where they face Real Madrid later this month.

Villa, who has never reached the semi-finals before, said: “When you come into a game after losing or drawing, everyone knows you have to put it behind you and concentrate on the next match..

“We are playing at home, in front of our fans and we need a good result so as not to suffer too much in the return leg.”

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