Spain can take nothing for granted against Morocco, says Busquets
Sergio Busquets acknowledged his opinion distinguished from Spains head coach with the final Group B game against Morocco offering a chance to finish top and steer a less treacherous path in the knockout stages
According to Sergio Busquets, football has not been fair to Morocco and they agree. Herv Renard was of the view that his squad, out of the World Cup after being defeated twice in two games, were victims of an injustice at the hands of VAR, and Spains midfielder said they had deserved more. But that does not mean “theres been” pity when they meet here on Monday evening. Spain cannot afford for there to be; the difference between first place and second in Group B is too significant. If, that is, Spain qualify at all and their coach-and-four, Fernando Hierro, was swift to remind them they are not yet through to the last 16.
Spain and Portugal go into the final game of different groups level on four points, with Portugal ahead by virtue of having collected one yellow card fewer. Portugal face Iran, who have three points and the chance to go through, while Spain face Morocco. The two Iberian neighbours know that they must each get a better make than the other to top the group. The reward comes with a possible path to a final who are able to read: Russia or Uruguay, then Croatia, followed by England or Belgium in a semi-final, rather than Uruguay or Russia, France and then Brazil or Germany.
By the time they take the field, they will know whether the first game awaiting the winners of this group is Uruguay or Russia; what they wont know is what comes next and nor, Hierro told, should that concern them. It is rare that a administrator carries a predilection not least because of their habit of coming back to bite you but he did say that Spains intent was to win different groups. The first task, though, is to emerge from it, and he avoided is recommended that Spain would chase a big scoreline.
Our obligation is to get the three points and if we are top of the group so much the very best, perfect, Hierro told. We have to play well, win and forget what is happening in the other play. We have enough to worry about without worrying about other things. Mathematically we are not through, so we have to treat this match with the importance that it has on its own. This is our third play and right now there is nothing beyond that for us. Hopefully we are capable of have a fourth, and a fifth, a sixth, a seventh.
Hierro then added: To win a World Cup you have to beat almost all the good teams and you cant be selected place or another.
That is not entirely true, of course, and Busquets admitted that he had looked at the style the outline is shaping up. We know what the options are, but theres only one option for this match: win, play well, finish first. Theoretically there may be fewer favourites[ on their side of the draw if they win the group] but this is a Football world cup in which weve visualized a lot of equality. Being a favourite is something you have to prove on the pitch.
Although fastening a better outcome may appear likely for Spain given that Portugal face a team fighting to go through, the misfortune of Morocco served as a warn here. Renard added another. We will prepare this play like any other, he said. Were ready to fight like lions for the honour of Morocco.
Within the Spain camp there is a feeling that Morocco are better side than their results propose. Morocco quoth VAR as the rationale for that. Its unjust that we are already out when you assure all that went on against Portugal, Renard mentioned. The goalkeeper Munir El Kajoui added: It was 100% unjust.[ VAR] has been decisive and thrown us out a couple of details in the match which hurt us a great deal.
Busquets did not focus on the decisions that had gone against Spains final group opponents but he did agree that they had deserved more. Football is often unjust, he said. The degree they have shown is higher than the zero points they have and that tells you how difficult it is to win a game at the World Cup.
Hierro added: We know theyre a very good team. When you look at it, they lost the first game to an own purpose in the 93 rd minuteand they were very good against Portugal. Sometimes you relax when you play an removed team and we cant do that.
We have to have the illuminations switched on and our very eyes wide open. No one is going to endowment us anything. We have to play well. We cant get inside their brain, we dont know what they are going to do, so we have to have total religion in our own ability, in our personality and our qualities; were a squad that wants the ball, that has qualities were proud of. We have to stop their transitions.
Asked whether that meant that Spain may opt for a muscular midfield, Hierro grinned. If its muscles that choose he began. Were something else. We have our circumstances, our physique, our lane of understanding the game. Muscles are not our thing, I dont think.