Busquets: We’re going to exhaust all our possible options in La Liga
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets insists his team will continue fighting for La Liga, until it’s mathematically impossible to win the title. He was also left frustrated regarding some of the questions he was asked, during in his press call.
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets underlined on Thursday, that his team will fight to the end to keep their chances alive in the title race, knowing that if Atlético Madrid slip during any of their next two games, there’s still a chance open for his team in the final game of the season against them, at the Camp Nou.
“We’re hopeful because if we’re not, we wouldn’t be playing. We’re going to exhaust all our possible options. Whilst there’s still games left, there’s still hope. We need them to at least draw, so that we can depend on ourselves once more in the final game here.”
Much have been the rumours and speculation about the future of Tata Martino, with Celta Vigo manager Luis Enrique strongly linked as his replacement. Busquets simply feels their current coaching staff deserve more respect, than perhaps the media are giving them.
“That’s not up to us and the coaching staff we have here deserve respect. Later, it’s up to everyone to decide their futures.”
Asked for his thoughts about the season, Busquets acknowledged it has been beneath their expectations when it comes to silverware.
“La Liga remains unknown, but it hasn’t been a good season when it comes to titles. We haven’t achieved two of those that are behind us now and in La Liga, it’s very complicated.”
When the topic was raised about an apparent press campaign against him, following the stamping incident involving Real Madrid defender Pepe, Busquets really wasn’t interested in getting embroiled in discussing all that again, simply responding: “Next question…”
Asked if Barca can take a leaf out of Atlético’s book, when it comes to the intensity of their game, Busquets accepted that results matter, but each team plays their own way.
“The way Atlético play is different to our own, neither better nor worse, because in the end what matters most, is the results. Each team has their philosophy and style of play.”
Given Tata Martino has tried to deploy a slightly more direct approach, Busquets was asked if that requires him to do more running.
“It all depends on the game itself and the opponent. There’s many characteristics. There have been games where I’ve had to work harder, close more spaces, but it also depends on the opponent.”
With the two Madrid teams having reached the Champions League final, Busquets was asked if he sees a favourite between either and whether that will affect their concentration during the final three games in La Liga.
“It will be very even and I don’t think it will affect either Atlético Madrid or Real Madrid in La Liga. There’s still time to go before the final.”
After Real Madrid thrashed Bayern Munich, former Barca manager has been the spotlight for criticism from the Madrid media particularly. Asked about that, Busquets was just as disinterested in responding, as the question asked him about Pepe and the media comments about himself.
“I don’t know. Perhaps you should ask the ones making the criticisms, why that is.”
With both Puyol and Valdés leaving at the end of the season, Busquets himself has been suggested as an ideal candidate for such a role in the team. He admitted it would be an honour, but feels the team will decide well amongst themselves, when the time comes.
“Right now the captains are who they are because they’re veterans. We’ll have to see what happens next season. If my team-mates choose me, it would be a joy, but whoever the captains are, they will be the right choice.”
Finally and referring to his tears ahead of the Villarreal game last weekend, following the death of Tito Vilanova, Busquets acknowledged it had been an emotional time for everyone at Barca.
“It was a very difficult game because of everything that had happened. We’re footballers, but we never stop being people first and there were many anecdotes we remembered about Tito. We had to play, it was tough, but we had to keep going.”