David Villa has called on the Barcelona squad to become more assertive up front, as the side defeated Viktoria Plzen 2-0 in the Champions League group stages last night.
Andres Iniesta, who was making a comeback from injury, opened the scoring for the Catalan giants within the first ten minutes of the game, but Barca were unable to score again until Messi put through a free kick in the 82nd minute. In total, the side had 17 shots on goal compared to zero for Plzen.
And while the win has put Barcelona within touching distance of the top of the Group H table, Villa still believes the side can perform better than they did last night.
"It cost us a lot to close out this game. We had possession and a lot of chances but were not as assertive in front of goal as we have been," Villa told the UEFA website.
"Our main goalscorer is Lionel Messi, but the second line of attackers also have to get on the scoresheet. We could have scored another tonight."
Iniesta, who is getting back to full match fitness after suffering another leg muscle injury, said that he feels he is getting closer to his best again.
“Saturday I had a good feeling,” he said.
“I had a good week and now I’m feeling even better. It’s a question of improving, it’ll get better each game. If things go well where you can be closer to the goal area helping the team, passing, scoring, all these things come when you feel well and work well.”
Iniesta is hoping to be ready and raring to go when Barcelona travel to the Czech Republic on November 1st, telling reporters: “We know that if we win, we’ve practically made it into the next round.”