Soldado left Spurs for Villarreal at the beginning of the campaign, and has helped the Yellow Submarine to the brink of the Champions League places.
Ahead of this weekend’s matches, Soldado and his new teammates sit fourth in La Liga. However, they have lost their last two matches, winning only one of their last five.
Things aren’t going to get any easier on Sunday, as Villarreal host league leaders Barcelona, who currently hold an eight-point advantage over Atletico Madrid at the top of the Spanish top flight.
“Barcelona are the best in the world,” Soldado began, speaking to AS. “Not because of the [attacking] trident, but because they are accompanied by a team that plays outstanding football.
“I think Barcelona will win the Champions League.”
Soldado’s fortunes haven’t truly improved since his swapped Spurs for Villarreal, ending his miserable stay at White Hart Lane.
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The 30-year-old has featured 24 times for the La Liga outfit in league competition so far this term—of which 23 appearances have come from the start—but he has managed only four goals, although eight assists mark him out as a much more productive operator than he ever was in North London, where he scored only seven goals and contributed six assists over two miserable league campaigns.