Sergio Busquets has affirmed that Spain are not taking Finland lightly, despite a ‘decisive’ clash with France on the horizon.
After hosting Finland this Friday in Gijon, La Roja travel out to Paris to play the French in a potential World Cup qualifying Group I decider.
“I do not know if it is a final, but it is decisive,” Busquets told reporters at today’s Press conference.
“The team that wins will take a big advantage, but the three points against Finland are no less important than those in Paris.
“Finland are a good team throughout and will try to take advantage of any chances that come their way.”
Xavi Hernandez is in the squad despite still recovering from a thigh strain.
“We knew how he was, but everyone wanted him here. Iker, Puyol also would have come if they had the slightest chance of playing.
“We’re playing in a World Cup qualifier and will all give everything to help the team.”
Sergio Ramos commented yesterday on how if he could sign one player from Barcelona for Real Madrid, then it would be Busquets.
“I’m happy for the compliment and even more so coming from Sergio. I would also sign him for Barcelona if I could.”
The midfielder was asked for reaction to Jose Mourinho’s allegations that FIFA’s voting system for the Ballon d’Or Coach of the Year was flawed. Spain Coach Vicente del Bosque pipped Mourinho to the 2012 edition.
“We have come here to talk about the games. He more than deserved the award. The Coach is as good as ever.”