When asked by a reporter ahead of their match against the Republic of Ireland on Thursday, whether the complaint about the pitch was a distraction from the below par performance of the Spanish national side, Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets – normally a quite figure amongst the media reacted angrily.
“Do you understand or not? It’s not an excuse. It’s the reality that it can help one team more than the other. I’ll give you an example if you like” Busquets replied with a notable sense of anger in his voice.
The 23-year-old and his team-mates were unable to dominate the passing aspect of Sunday’s game against Italy, with national Coach Vicente del Bosque requesting the pitch to be watered beforehand in order to suit the Tiki-taka style of play Spain look to imposes on teams.
When asked about the pitch controversy Vicente del Bosque replied “Our game is based on quick, one-touch passing and it was difficult to do that on a pitch that had not been watered.”
Spain face the Republic of Ireland on Thursday knowing anything but a win will dent their qualification hopes and retaining their European Championship title.