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Busquets hails Villa

Midfielder Sergio Busquets hailed the impact of Barcelona teammate David Villa as the Catalans stormed into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 4-0 win over AC Milan on Tuesday night.

Villa scored the third goal just after half-time to put Barca ahead in the tie for the first time and it was a sweet moment for the Spanish international having endured a difficult time since breaking his tibia at the Club World Championships 15 months ago.

The 31-year-old returned to full fitness at the start of the season but has failed to find a regular place in the side and was even linked with a move away from the club in January.

‘We felt comfortable. It always helps a lot to have Xavi and (Andres) Iniesta at your side. Leo was as he always is, but the position of David helped push the central defenders back a bit,’ Busquets told reporters.

‘A huge part of what we did well was down to David, he played in a position that was very important for us.’
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