Spain to miss out on 2014 World Cup through automatic qualification, Sergio Busquets
Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets believes a “great nation” will miss out on the 2014 World Cup through automatic qualification. The pressure is on Spain to win against France in a crucial match in Paris on Tuesday.
Spain has struggled to make an impact as of late. Vicente del Bosque’s efforts resulted in futility as Spain ended their battle with Finland in a 1-1 draw on Friday. Currently, the reigning European and World Champions trail France by two points in Group I, therefore defeat at this stage can spell disaster for La Furia Roja.
Both sides have three qualification matches left in their campaign, but this game is likely to determine who will grab the top spot in Group I; a spot that will automatically guarantee qualification for the World Cup in Brazil next year.
Les Blues earned a draw in Madrid against Spain back in October last year. Since then their form has improved, something that has caused sleepless nights for Spain’s coach Vicente del Bosque. Sergio Busquets believes Spain needs to be adventurous on Tuesday night.
“Many teams change their tactics against us,” Sergio Busquets told Le Parisien. “Sometimes, we'd like to go toe-to-toe with them. It's rare that happens. France did it recently, but normally it's our fault if we mess up a game, which goes to show that we're not invincible.
“If we don't win, it'll be difficult to qualify automatically for Brazil. A great nation is going to miss out, but that's the way it is. It often happens with Barca as opponents park the bus. It's frustrating, unjust even. But we're La Roja and the team to beat. When we say 'each game is difficult', it's not just empty rhetoric.”
Arsenal star Olivier Giroud struck for France in injury time at the Vicente Calderon stadium in October to help France grab a 1-1 draw against Spain. Sergio Busquets believes Spain played brilliant against France in spite of the defeat.
“I thought they were passive for the first 45 minutes. We didn't have a problem building play,” Sergio Busquets said. We should have killed the game off, but we missed an important penalty.
“We lost the ball stupidly. I was furious after that game. We should have been more intelligent. We should have passed the ball round and killed time. But when we lost the ball, we were all up the pitch trying to score. I don't understand our attitude. The match was a failure.”
Sergio Busquets expects Spain to grab an easy victory over France if his side manages to keep a clean-sheet. The Barcelona midfielder believes his side will score two goals to win the game.
“If we stay solid in defence, we'll have a good chance of winning. I don't see a crazy game. Two goals at most,” Sergio Busquets added.