Busquets not focused on Madrid

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has reiterated that the team are not focused on their eight-point gap over arch rivals Real Madrid in La Liga.

“We take to the field with the mindset of winning, without thinking about what the others will do,” asserted the Spanish international the day after his side’s convincing 4-1 victory over Getafe last night.

“We will look at ourselves, as there is still a long season ahead. We go out to win every game and nothing else. I am not trying to predict anything right now.

“The distance [between the clubs] is amazing, but things have just begun. Now we are focused on having a good game in the Champions League in midweek.”

La Blaugrana have now triumphed over Osasuna and Getafe away, two places where they dropped points last season, something that the 24-year-old claimed is ‘indicative’ of their form under Tito Vilanova at the moment.

“Vilanova is roughly the same as [Pep] Guardiola was for us, and his game plan always depends largely on the opposition we are taking on.”

The player is celebrating four years since making his senior debut.

“Everything has gone very fast, and the truth is that I did not imagine that we would have won so many titles. I am very happy. My role is important and I hope for many more years at Barcelona and give me a lot more titles.”

Teammate and club captain Carles Puyol will be out for between 4-6 weeks after damaging his posterior cruciate ligament at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez last night, and Busquets was quick to stress his importance.

“He is an significant loss as he gives us meaning by being our captain. He is always upbeat, and the tests have confirmed the worst diagnosis.”

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