Busquets: "The tie is 50-50"
Sergio Busquets sees the Champions League semi-final tie against Real Madrid very open. "It is 50-50 between the sides" he said.
The third clásico of four is coming up. "We know it’ll be yet another different story.
It’ll be a tough game, just like the first two, and won’t only last 90 minutes.
There’s the return leg" Sergio Busquets said at lunch-time on Sunday, at a press conference.
Busquets sees the tie as a very close call, "it’s 50-50 and we don’t have a better
chance just because it’s over two legs. It’ll be just as tough".
Barça right now will be missing 5 first team players (Abidal, Adriano, Bojan,
Milito, and Maxwell), almost a quarter of the first team squad, which doesn’t help when
facing up to such a decisive game as Wednesday’s. Busquets, however, doesn’t want
excuses: "The more players we play against, the stronger we are. We’ll have other variations
and the manager, other options. Now, there are no excuses". In this regard, he said that right now
"tiredness doesn’t matter".
As a reference, the 2nd half in Valencia
Busquets pointed out that: "Madrid is the worst possible opponent we could play
right now. We know each other well and we’ve had some really evenly matched games with
them”. Given all this, he believes Barça have the formula to beat Madrid: The 2nd half of the
game in Valencia is the reference to follow. "We have to play our football and stick to our
philosophy. We must play like we did in the 2nd half in Valencia, where we deserved more.....we
must improve if we want to win", he concluded.