Busquets: ‘I feel appreciated’

Sergio Busquets insists that despite the role he plays for both Barcelona and Spain he still feels very much appreciated by the fans.

Busquets occupies the holding midfielder position for club and country, one he feels is “very necessary”, and also spoke of the good atmosphere in the Spanish camp.

“The work I do is not very flashy but it is very necessary,” said the 27-year-old in an interview with Onda Cero’s ‘Al primer toque’ programme.

“People are now seeing more of the work done by those that play in my position and I feel highly appreciated both by my club and my country.

“I’m going through a good spell as I feel I’m earning the affection of the fans more and more. I know where I come from.

“The feeling right now in the camp is good, but it’s not as if we argued all day before. It’s just that the difference between a normal and correct atmosphere then and what we have now is much better, which is something you need in the world of football.

“I wouldn’t say it’s essential that we win trophies, but it is important. We know what has happened to us before and we don’t want to repeat it.”

Busquets maintains Spain will be going out for a win against Croatia in Bordeaux on Tuesday night and will not settle for the point that would still see them emerge as Group D winners.

“To have started with two wins has given us confidence but we know we are now playing for first position, one that would give us an advantage in the next round.

“What we’ve shown so far has led to optimism and euphoria on the part of the fans. But in the knockout stage you can have a bad day and you’re going home.

“We must remain calm and believe in ourselves because we know how difficult it is,” he concluded.

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