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Barcelona’s Eric Garcia backed by Luis Enrique & Sergio Busquets

The defender has come in for criticism

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Spain boss Luis Enrique and captain Sergio Busquets both spoke at a press conference on Saturday and took time out to defend Eric Garcia.

The 20-year-old has been on the receiving end of some criticism after the 2-1 defeat to Sweden and after being sent off in Barca’s 1-1 draw with Athletic.

Luis Enrique has responded to Garcia’s critics and has insisted he has total confidence in the youngster ahead of Spain’s clash with Georgia on Sunday.

“I don’t agree with some criticism, he’s started the season brilliantly,” he said.

“He didn’t play much last season, he’s in perfect shape. It’s true that we suffered in transitions but Laporte suffered too. I’m delighted with his performance.”

Busquets also backed his team-mate and says he’s more than happy to be playing alongside the defender for club and country.

“When you lose you always look for culprits and I know a lot about that,” he said.

“Eric had a great game on his debut for Barca and in the second one too, even though he was sent off. And in this game he had great commitment because of what happened to him. We’re delighted to have him here and at the club. Putting the focus on a game is useless.He is a very young player, with a big future.”

Spain head into Sunday’s match in second place in Group B, two points behind leaders Sweden but having played a game more than Janne Andersson’s side.