Barcelona technical assistant Jordi Roura believes David Villa is still a world-class striker and believes he is on his way to his best again.
Roura took charge of Barcelona during their 5-0 win over Segunda Division side Cordoba CF, Thiago Alcantara opened the scoring for Blaugrana while David Villa and Alexis Sanchez chipped in with two goals apiece.
Speaking to the Marca, the 45-year-old praised strikers Sanchez and Villa for their contribution on Thursday night and believes the Spanish striker is nearing his best form again.
"Villa's goals were great. He is an exceptional player and he had a great match. It has showed us what we all know, that he is an important player for us.
"He's a real goal scorer and bit by bit, he'll get back to his best level and be even more important for us.
"Alexis helps us a lot, it's admirable how hard he works. It's a good thing he could score, that's important. He had several matches where he struggled to make it count. Today, fortunately, he has put that streak behind."
The Barca assistant also heaped praise on the team for their effort and desire to win the game and believes they played an excellent game.
"If there is something worth noting about this performance it is the attitude and ambition displayed by all the players.
"This was a game that we may have entered with a more conservative approach given our first leg victory. However, the desire to put on a show was evident in every player.
"I take my hat off to the players. They were exceptional in the first half and played with great intensity and to a very high level. Their attitude is remarkable and this needs to be recognised."