Villa was not impressed with the way Barcelona played in the match against Real Madrid on Sunday.
He said: “Barcelona dominated possession, but we saw a Real Madrid that was very dangerous and finished very well.
“This demonstrates that Barcelona is not as good as last season and that they can be beaten. This gives the chasing clubs a morale boost.
“Valencia must now show we can go the distance.
“And without Eto’o on Sunday, we’ve seen that he is essential for Barcelona. They’re not the same team without him.”