David Villa is of the opinion that Valencia will have a crucial edge against Barcelona when his two former sides meet in a top of the table battle at the Mestalla on Sunday.
David Villa said: “I see that they are currently the best two teams in Spain, not just because of their position in the standings but because of what they’ve proved in their games so far.
“I think it’s going to be a great game, one of the best to enjoy and see in Spain. They both have to fear each other, and they do.
“Valencia have a slight advantage because they play at home and I know how significant the home fans are for the team at the Mestalla.
“But I hope the best team wins, because I have a lot of affection for my former clubs.”
Villa, 35, said Valencia would find it hard to limit the impact of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, the Liga top scorer with 12 goals.
After 12th-place finishes in the past two seasons, Valencia have thrived under coach Marcelino, keeping four clean sheets in their last five games and scoring 12 goals.
“I’m not surprised by the numbers,” Villa said. “I’ve known Marcelino since he began his coaching career at Sporting [Gijon]’s reserves.
“When he signed for Valencia I told him that I was convinced that he would change the path of the team and the club.
“Thanks to results and his great work, this has been confirmed to me. I always celebrate his achievements and more so now that he is at Valencia.”
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