CHENNAI: Santi Cazorla has been having a renaissance of his own at Villarreal. Having left Arsenal at the end of a six-year spell, his career saw an upsurge when he rejoined his old club. Cazorla has scored 12 goals and six assists for Villarreal so far this season and his performance has even earned him a recall into the Spain team.

The midfielder now wants to help Villarreal qualify for the CL. The Yellow Submarines are sixth with 38 points from 24 games and can enter the top-four if they manage to beat Atletico Madrid at home on Sunday. “The secret for our performance is that we play as a group. Our aim is to be in Champions League and we have to beat top teams if we want to go there. But it won’t be easy. Atletico have beaten Liverpool, which has only lost twice this season. So we have to play an organised team game to beat them,” Cazorla told TOI in an interaction facilitated by La Liga.
Asked who are the favourites to win La Liga this season among Real Madrid and Barcelona, Cazorla said it is difficult to call at the moment. “They are two massive teams but they might not be going through the best possible phase at the moment. But it is exciting to see them both fighting for the title. Real Madrid are fantastic on the pitch. Barca have to settle down again under the new coach but that doesn’t mean their challenge will fizzle out. They will be as strong as ever,” he signed off.

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