Luis Enrique wants Sergio Busquets to play another World Cup

Spanish midfield led by 34-year-old Bosquets and defence headed by 33-year-old Jordi Alba kept Germany in check as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Spain coach Luis Enrique talks to midfielder Sergio Busquets after the match against Germany at Al Bayt Stadium, Qatar, on November 22, 2022.

Spain coach Luis Enrique talks to midfielder Sergio Busquets after the match against Germany at Al Bayt Stadium, Qatar, on November 22, 2022. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Spanish midfield led by 34-year-old Bosquets and defence headed by 33-year-old Jordi Alba kept Germany in check as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Spain manager Luis Enrique on Sunday said he would like midfielder Sergio Busquets to play another FIFA World Cup.

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After Spain took a lead through an Alvaro Morota goal in the 62nd minute, Germany landed one blow after another on Spain’s defence in search of a goal. Although Germany eventually managed an equaliser in the 83rd minute, when Niclas Fullkrug scored, the Spanish midfield, led by 34-year-old Bosquets, and defence headed by 33-year-old Jordi Alba kept the German attack in check.

Enrique said, “Jordi Alba is a top player, as is Busquets. Some people get tired of older players, but these guys are still amazing. I do not bring these guys here to have fun.”

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He added, “Jordi is the best wing-back in the final third and still defends so well. People have been trying to retire Busquets for years but I want to convince him to play another World Cup!”

Spain now needs only a draw in its final game against Japan on December 2 to progress to the knockout round as the first-placed side in its group.

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