Busquets: Real Madrid's Spain players will not hold back against Cristiano Ronaldo

The Barcelona defensive midfielder has assured that Los Blancos' players in the Spanish team will be ready to fight against their in-form club team-mate in the Seleccao
Sergio Busquets is confident that Real Madrid's players in the Spain side will not hold back when they face their colleague Cristiano Ronaldo in the semi-final showdown with Portugal at Euro 2012.

After beating France 2-0 in the last eight on Saturday, the title holders are set to take on a side whose last three goals came from the Madrid attacker, first in the group stage against Netherlands where he scored a brace, then in the dying minutes of the quarter-final against the Czech Republic.

Barcelona midfielder Busquets dismissed the notion that the likes of Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso may be tempted to go soft on their club team-mate to avoid injuring him.

"If the Real players are told to go strong into a challenge on Ronaldo, they will go strong," Busquets was quoted as saying by O Jogo. "These aren't club clashes but national team clashes. It is a different story altogether."

Busquets also warned that La Roja must not focus solely on the Madrid forward.

"This semi-final will not be played against Ronaldo but against Portugal," Busquets said.

The clash will kick off on Wednesday, June 27, at 20:45CET.