Busquets: No favourites

Sergio Busquets has reflected that Spain may appear favourites to defeat Italy, but that on the field, a single incident can determine the game either way.

La Roja are preparing to face fellow European Championship finalists the Azzurri in tonight’s second Confederations Cup semi-final.

The game in Fortaleza will determine who will face tournament hosts Brazil on Sunday in the final at Maracana.

It is a match that similar to those in the group stage, will likely see the Brazilian crowd support Spain’s opponents.

“We know we are far away from our fans. We do not care if people are not supporting Spain,” commented Busquets, in reference to the whistles that the Seleccion have had in games so far.

“It is true that away from the pitch they show us much love. Maybe it is because they see us as a threat to their national team.

“We are the world and European champions and it is true that to some we are favourites. But at this point there are no favourites.

“You start 0-0 and anyone can win. A single incident like a goal can send you home or to the final.

“These are the big games that give you experience. We come to play games like this. It will be a very important game because we both know each other a lot.

“We know that Italy have many options and that they can change their system. We are working to find out what we have to do at all times.

“We hope to adapt as best as possible our style and to their system.

“Everybody is drawing on the match against Italy from the final of the European Championship.

“We do not forget what we experienced in the first game either.”

The Barcelona man then had words of reflection for the return to playing time for Iker Casillas.

“Casillas is a very important player for us because he is the captain and because he is always there in decisive moments in games. It is something that we know and that we count on him for as a team.”

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