Luis Enrique hails ‘pillar’ Sergio Busquets even as Spain lost to France in the nation’s league finals

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Sergio Busquets earned a lot of praises from Luis Enrique, Spain’s head coach and former Barcelona manager despite losing out in the nation’s league finals.

Spain lost to France amidst opening the score sheet with a goal from Mikel Oyarzabal as Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema made sure that France lifted the trophy from behind. The game ended in a 2:1 final score in favour of France.

Despite the loss, Luis Enrique didn’t fail to recognize Busquets’ efforts. “Busquets has been named the best player of the tournament. That says a lot about his level. He’s vital for us. He’s the captain, but not only that,” Luis Enrique said during his post-match news conference.

“He’s also somebody who gives some values off the pitch and on the pitch. He gives you calmness, quietness. He’s our pillar on which our defensive and attacking game are based”, he added.

“How much we’ve won, I don’t know, but I know we were able to win against the European champions and play almost evenly with the world champions, so for the players and the team, that is all good”, Luis Enrique continued.

“And of course, every time it will be more difficult for me to make the next selection, and that is good for me and good for us. The important thing is the team maintains its personality and will to win.”

Luis Enrique’s Spain were left to rue a missed opportunity, having lost to eventual champions, Italy on penalties in the Euro 2020 semi-finals.

“Nothing was missing. It was a shame that once we scored that opening goal, that France went up the other end. It was a shame to concede when we just scored, because that’s when France were at their weakest. That’s the only regret we can have,” the former Barcelona boss added.

“What are we missing? We’re not missing anything at all. We still need to keep that same confidence, and we need to try press ahead with what we’ve been doing.” 

“As usual, no matter who we’re playing against, Spain will always play its game,” Luis Enrique said. “Sometimes we play a bit better than other times, but that’s normal. But I think all fans would agree that Spain always plays the same way. No matter where, no matter against whom. So I am satisfied with what I have seen this tournament.” he concluded.