Football: Atletico's Costa backs Villa to gun down Barca

Football: Atletico's Costa backs Villa to gun down Barca
Atletico Madrid's forward David Villa (R) vies with Sevilla's Argentinian defender Federico Fazio (L) during the Spanish league football match Sevilla FC vs Club Atletico de Madrid.

MADRID - Atletico Madrid began life without Radamel Falcao with a 3-1 win away to Sevilla on Sunday, but they face a far more daunting task against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday.

A double from Brazilian forward Diego Costa overshadowed David Villa's debut for Atleti after Spain's all-time record goalscorer joined from Barca for a paltry initial fee of just 2.1 million euros (S$3.56 million) last month.

However, Costa believes Villa will prove to be a more than capable deputy for Falcao who scored 70 goals in his two seasons with Los Rojiblancos before a 60 million euro move to Monaco in June.

"You notice the absence of Falcao because he is a great player, but we have Villa who is also a beast and we know that he is going to do just as well," Costa told the club's website.

"His work and commitment for the team is amazing. He is a very humble person and he has a great attitude. I think with the quality he has he will give a lot to Atletico."

Villa will be desperate to impress against his former employers after never truly getting a consistent run in the side after breaking his tibia in the Club World Cup back in December 2011.

A troublesome on field relationship with Lionel Messi and Barca's capture of Neymar in June made Villa's exit from the Camp Nou somewhat inevitable.

But with Champions League football and a regular starting place on offer at Atleti he has the perfect platform to show he should be Vicente Del Bosque's first-choice striking option come the World Cup next year.

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