x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

David Villa confident a goal will come as Shakhtar aim for an upset

Barcelona head into tonight's Champions League quarter-final first leg clash against Shakhtar Donetsk in buoyant mood.

Barcelona head into tonight's Champions League quarter-final first leg clash against Shakhtar Donetsk in buoyant mood, although David Villa admits to concern over his recent lack of goals at club level.

Barcelona have an eight-point lead over Real Madrid in the Primera Liga with only eight games left.

However, although he recently became Spain's record goalscorer, Villa has not scored in his last six outings for Barca - having previously netted 21 goals 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. A goal will arrive and if I don't score a teammate will."

Shakhtar from Ukraine are big underdogs and Darijo Srna, their captain, said: "We've already achieved our goal of being among the best eight teams in Europe.

"It's a great success, and now we feel no pressure, we're going to go out to play football."