Busquets: We must be ourselves

Sergio Busquets believes that Spain have the ability to win in France tonight, if they play to their strengths.

La Roja were held to a 1-1 draw in the reverse World Cup qualifier back in November and head into this evening’s clash two points down on the French, after Friday’s 1-1 draw in Gijon against Finland.

“If we are ourselves, we take control of the ball and play to our game, we will do well,” Busquets has determined today, speaking to Movistar.

“It will be a different game to those played at Euro 2012 and at the Calderon [in November] and hopefully we will get the three points.

“France, who had the Euros had a troubled dressing room, have now grown under Deschamps, individually and collectively at a tactical level.

“You do not need to point out that the players he has make a great team. Benzema, Ribery, and who scored against us in the reverse game, Giroud, and we do not even know who will start.

“They have many top players. Although, we have to focus on ourselves.”

Busquets reflected on one of his role models when growing up, Frenchman Patrick Vieira.

“When I was younger, I noticed Vieira. He was at an impressive level at Arsenal and was one of my role models.

“Physically we are similar, tall, with long legs, playing in the same position… Perhaps tactically I keep to a position more so than Vieira.

“I liked him because he lost few balls and protected it very well, for his size.”

The Barcelona midfielder was asked of the impending return to the club of Coach Tito Vilanova, after his treatment for cancer in New York these past two months.

“I have spoken with the doctor who went with him to the USA, asking how Tito is. We are eager for his return. We look forward to it, he is a cornerstone for us and during this time we have noticed his absence.

“From Jordi Roura we could not ask for any more, he has shown his face in Press conferences ahead of us, has done what he has had to and has our recognition.

“Still, we cannot wait now to show the fans that we can play in all our games as we did against Milan.”

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