Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets says the upcoming Clasico against bitter rivals Real Madrid will not be decisive in the quest for La Liga.
Jose Mourinho’s men are now eight points behind the Catalans following the 2-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano on Monday night, but midfielder Busquets insists there is still a very long way to go.
“The Clasico will not decide anything because there is a long season ahead of us,” he told a Press conference to promote his new boots.
“The distance in points is good for us and also important, but Madrid’s ability to come back is very high because last year they won a lot of consecutive games.”
Busquets was also asked about the recent on-pitch spat between Lionel Messi and David Villa in the game against Granada.
“When you have a go at someone on the pitch it’s not to tell them off but to improve the team. At the time you don’t even think you are talking to the best player in the world.
“It has happened on every football pitch. What Leo is looking for is to win and the more goals he scores then so much the better.”
The arrival of Alex Song from Arsenal could mean that Busquets does not enjoy as many minutes as he would like, something he refutes.
“Nobody is in competition with anybody else, we are all here to add to the team,” he asserted.
The 24-year-old also referred to the club’s intention to renew Xavi Hernandez’s contract.
“He is very important within the group and as a teammate. I would love him to finish his career at Barcelona.
“The important thing is that he stays at Barca, where there are great players.”