Sergio Busquets was speaking at a Monday morning press conference / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Sergio Busquets has used his Monday morning press conference as call for calm, and insists that it’s too early for people to start jumping to conclusions about the team. “This has only just started” he said. “We were leaders a week ago, now we’re not. Let’s hope we can turn this around because that’s the whole squad wants”.

Painful losses to Real Madrid and Celta amounted to what Busquets admits has been a poor week, so “it’s only normal that there’s some debate and for people to analyse things through a magnifying glass. When you lose you have to improve because there are clearly things you’re not getting quite right. We are always self-critical, whether we win or lose. We have keep working to improve, there’s nothing else we can do.”Ajax came out strong and were all over us at the start of the game last year. I hope it doesn’t happen againThe Catalan also believes that the game with Ajax presents an ideal opportunity to start making up lost ground. “Hopefully we can put an end to this poor run” he said. But he hasn’t forgotten that Barça lost 2-1 a year ago in Amsterdam. “They came out strong and were all over us at the start of the game” he remembers. “With the sending off and our goal, everything changed. I hope it doesn’t happen again.”I did have a groin injury, but I’ve been fine for some time now. I’m just doing a few preventative exercisesHe also rejected the suggestion that he’s having groin trouble. “They’re all rumours” he insisted. “I’m fine. I did have an injury in that area, but I’ve been fine for some time now. I’m just doing a few preventative exercises”.