Spanish players start making excuses

Updated: June 12, 2012

Sergio Busquets has spoken out against what his team feel are unsatisfactory pitch conditions and has dismissed the suggestions that Spain are making excuses for a below par performance against Italy on Sunday.

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The Republic of Ireland play the reigning World Cup and European champions on Thursday and Busquets has insisted it is up to UEFA to maintain pitch conditions that help team like Spain who look to entertain the crowd with slick passing and good ball control.

The Barcelona midfielder likened the playing conditions to that of a basketball court and insisted that a lower quality pitch was akin to moving the three-point line further back.

UEFA refused the Spanish manager Vicente Del Bosque’s requests to water the pitch before his side’s 1-1 draw with Italy and Busquets insisted that it was because of this factor his team were not able to perform to their optimum level.
The Spanish midfield enforcer also believes UEFA will improve the pitch conditions for Ireland’s clash with Spain to ensure a more entertaining spectacle for fans.

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is reluctant to second guess Spain’s formation for Thursday night’s clash but Vicente Del Bosque has suggested that he will maintain his striker-less formation.

Fernando Torres, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Negredo were all left on the bench for the start of the draw with Italy and Del Bosque impressions in the press this week make it look likely that he will keep faith with Cesc Fabregas, who scored the equaliser against the Azzurri.

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