Sergio Busquets is the only player in Spain’s squad to have featured at the 2010 World Cup. In his fourth tournament, the 34-year-old is aiming for a repeat of the triumph. The first step in that direction is to be taken against Costa Rica today (5 p.m., Servus TV).
“I think we are a team that is difficult to beat,” said the FC Barcelona veteran. He bet on his team winning the title – in an internal betting game. “I’ll organize that,” said Busquets, revealing details: “We’ll win against France in the final.”
Two teenagers are expected to work alongside Busquets in Spain’s midfield: Pedri is 19 and Gavi just 18. Aged 17 years and 304 days, Gavi scored his first international goal, replacing Ansu Fati as the record holder. Both scored against Jordan (3-1) in the last World Cup friendly.
“You bring energy to the team”
Team boss Luis Enrique sees the lack of experience as compensated: “You bring energy to the team.” Busquets is responsible for the routine calm, who coaxes his FC Barcelona colleagues: “It’s the biggest sporting event and sometimes you get overwhelmed when you’re young and have little experience. I tell them that we love our style of play and have to stay true to the things we’ve been working on with our coach.”