The Spanish team once again have their captain. Sergio Busquets joins the concentration in Las Rozas to join the expedition that travels to Seville for the second match of the Eurocup against Poland. Busquets returns, leader of this team, because that is how Luis Enrique named him and that is how the coach wanted him when he decided that he had to wait for him as long as necessary. “He is our captain and our leader,” said Luis Enrique to settle the matter and amid an environment of uncertainty and tension in which the National Team waited for the vaccination of the internationals and worked with a parallel bubble in anticipation of more infections.
Luis Enrique has waited as long as it took a footballer who considers a reference for his experience, but that he had to leave the concentration on June 6 and his physical condition is unknown. Busquets joins, travels to Seville, but it will be the coach’s dismissal for the game against Poland. He will have to do special work over the next few days to see what consequences the contagion has caused and the fact of having to work alone at home, where he has been isolated.
The last match that Busquets played was the friendly against Portugal at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, the next day he tested positive in a test control that forced him to abandon the concentration and travel, in a medical ambulance, to his home in Barcelona. The positive of Busquets put the concentration in check, with the threat of an outbreak, and two days later another positive case was known: that of Diego Llorente. This player joined on June 11 after several negative tests. But Busquets has not done a training session with the group since last June 5. There are many days, but even so Luis Enrique has decided that we must wait for him and we will see if he is to compete in next Wednesday’s match against Slovakia that closes the group stage.
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“We are going to wait for Busquets. It’ll be on the list, for sure. If we look at the newspaper archive of the last 11 or 12 years we will see what it brings us. He is an offensive midfielder that exerts high pressure, that improves every play that passes through his feet and that is a defensive spectacle ”. In this way justifies Luis Enrique the need to wait for their captain, to count on him for the remainder of the Eurocup and not to summon another player who could replace him.
Busquets is in no condition to play this Saturday against Poland, in a match in which Spain has to react after the draw in the first match against Sweden. Luis Enrique prepares changes in the eleven and the most anticipated decision is to know if he will continue to count on Morata, indicated in the debut of the Eurocup for his mistakes in the definition, and will reinforce the attack with Gerard Moreno. His plans continue to be to give continuity to Morata and could enhance the attack with Gerard Moreno. I would have to do without Ferran Torres O Dani Olmo. There may be more changes in the starting team and the presence of Gayá, on the left-handed side by Jordi Alaba, and that of Thiago in the center of the field. But Busquets will not be on the grass. The captain will watch the game in the stands of the La Cartuja stadium.
Luis Enrique’s concern during this week has been to raise the morale and self-esteem of the players, especially that of Morata, for the stumble in the game against Sweden. The coach wanted downplay the lack of goal and he has had tactical talks and harangues with the players to reinforce the idea of the game, the strategy and raise the spirits for the match against Poland.
The coach decided to bring the whole team together for a meal held this Wednesday in a restaurant in Torrelodones to make pineapple. A conspiracy in which Luis Enrique and the internationals set out to face this European Championship as a challenge and in which they made one thing clear: “The goal is everyone’s responsibility and not just Morata’s.” Luis Enrique seeks an atmosphere of union, positive, build trust and a leader within the field and in concentration. For this reason he has waited so long for Sergio Busquets.