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Busquets and Lopetegui speak ahead of Spain WC qualifier

Sergio Busquets has blasted those fans that jeer Gerard Pique when playing for the Spanish national team.

Whilst the Barcelona defender received some cheers on Saturday when Spain beat Italy 3-0 at Santiago Bernabeu, many of Spain’s fans also jeered Pique when he touched the ball and his team-mate Busquets has been quick to hit back at those disgruntled fans.

“Fans should not identify and classify players as playing for Barcelona or for any other team,” Busquets told Marca.

“What would I give the fans out of 10? 9.5. They were whistling from the start so I cannot give them full marks, as that is something that affects everybody and simply put, we must stick together.”

Defensive midfielder Busquets then opened up about what it is like to play under former Porto boss Lopetegui, who took over at the helm of the Spanish national side from Vicente del Bosque.

“Life under Lopetegui? He is the reason for much of our success on the pitch, the Coach has done a very good job and has a strong relationship with the players.

“We are now solely focused on the Liechtenstein game, we must work hard to win three points and not let any of the noise around being favourites distract us, as we don’t see it that way.”

Meanwhile, Lopetegui himself has discussed his side’s chances of getting three points against Liechtenstein on Tuesday evening, saying they must not be complacent as they step close to the World Cup next summer in Russia.

“We must guard against euphoria as we have not yet qualified,” Lopetegui told gathering reporters ahead of the tie.

“Hope and excitement is not a bad thing but we must aim to secure three points in Liechtenstein and guard against complacency.

A 3-0 win against Italy on Saturday thanks to goals from Isco (2) and Alvaro Morata puts Spain in pole position to qualify from the group, but Lopetegui was again quick to deny such optimism.

“We’re not thinking of the World Cup or Saturday’s game against Italy, that is in the past now and we must focus solely on the game in Liechtenstein.”

 

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