Guardiola: I have faith in Villa


Pep Guardiola insists he has full confidence in striker David Villa despite starting the Spanish international on the bench for a fourth consecutive match.

Villa did make his mark as a second-half substitute, scoring his side's fourth goal in a comfortable 4-0 victory against Real Zaragoza after Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi and Carles Puyol put the hosts in-front last night.

Post-match questions were dominated by the omission of Villa, but as Guardiola explained, he isn't the only 'superstar' to miss out as the manager opted for an attacking trio of Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Isaac Cuenca.

"When I tell you that I have a lot of trust and faith in Villa, I mean it," Guardiola insisted to the media.

"Thiago did not start either and he has been playing at a very high level, and neither did Andres [Iniesta].

"I cannot justify every time he has been a substitute. Not everyone can play, but I trust everyone. I know every player and what they can bring to the fare."

One player Guardiola was happy to discuss was Messi, with the Argentine international once again lighting up the Nou Camp with an impressive display.

After a grueling international break for the diminutive playmaker, Messi quickly slipped back to his best domestically, keeping the pressure on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

"He does not complain, nor does he fall to the ground, if he does not feel pain," Guardiola enthused.

"I was worried, but he said he was fine so I decided that he should continue. He gives us many things as he can unbalance the game."

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