Busquets: ‘Not winning not a failure’

Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets says there is a good feeling in the camp ahead of Friday’s Group D clash with Turkey.

Even so, the experienced 27-year-old was at pains to point out that if the defending champions did not win Euro 2016 it should not be classed as a failure.

“The sensations we took from the first game were very good and our play was at a high level,” the Barcelona man told a Press conference.

“There is a very good atmosphere in the camp…everything adds to it and it all helps, yet

not winning the European Championships wouldn’t be a failure.

“Only one national team can win the trophy and there are many favourites. But we have the excitement and determination to do a good job here.

“What we don’t want is a repeat of what happened in Brazil two years ago.”

Busquets was asked about his role in Vicente del Bosque’s starting XI and revealed he has no preference whether asked to play as a lone holding midfielder, or sharing the duty.

“It’s obviously the Coach’s decision, having to choose which players to use. We have the option of keeping the same line-up from the opening match, with two central midfielders

further forward or employing two holding players, which would make us more compact. It all depends on the game.”

Barca teammate Arda Turan came in for a lot of flak for his performance in Turkey’s 1-0 defeat to Croatia in the other Group D game so far, but Busquets jumped to his defence.

“I haven’t spoken to him but the first game brought him a lot of criticism in his own country. Arda has given everything for his national team and something like that must be hard to take.

“We know his qualities and I have no doubts over them,” he concluded.

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