Busquets and Le Normand fight for a ball at Real Sociedad-Barça, Alvaro Barrientos / A
P Sergio Busquets (Sabadell, 32 years old) never liked running backwards, neither on the street nor in the field, but because of his origins he always He has gone face-to-face, a neighborhood player and a person without folds, a starter with the different coaches and coaches he has had in his career with Barcelona , a figure from last Sunday's match at Anoeta (1-6) and called up by Luis Enrique for the matches against Greece, Georgia and Kosovo.
There is no employee of the Barça Sports City who does not know the Busquets code. "When he says yes it is yes and when he is no it is no", they agree in the locker room. "He never runs away from his commitment as a member of the captains team and, knowing that there is a queue to count the victories, he offers to explain the defeats," they continue; "And also to put firm on some wayward or unsupportive." Busquets earned the respect of the people of the Camp Nou.
Not only is he concerned about the behavior of the squad when they discuss matters such as negotiating salaries, a management that caused many tensions, but he is also interested in questions related to the Barça game. Araujo recalls that Busquets waited for a training session to finish to explain to him in an aside how to improve the ball's output to win over Koeman. De Jong also stated: “The one who has helped me the most is Busquets.”
Busi lives for football and takes care of himself to be a team player par excellence and not a soloist, oblivious to the media noise, little requested for interviews and sponsorships, ignored in the galas that reward the best individuals, at odds with publicity. "There are those who say they have no pull and I think they are not interested in promoting themselves," underlines one of his friends, also protected in anonymity. “He doesn't want to be talked about for him; this is Sergio ”.
A long contract
Aspire to be an anonymous citizen, or who lives with discretion, married with two children, and who moves away from risky businesses, in favor of tranquility and security,“ without anything relevant to tell for the journalistic curiosity ”, insist those who know Busquets, very comfortable in Barcelona since he renewed his contract in 2018 until 2023 after the Barça club rejected an offer of 125 million from Paris Saint Germain.
Busquets refers to the field, he explains himself with the ball, reason enough to understand his competitiveness and dedication in defending the position, right now as indisputable as his teammates Xavi and Iniesta were in their day, the trio of midfielders with whom Barcelona reached the glory in Champions . There is no one who moves his chair, not even Pjanic, after the passage of weight footballers like Mascherano, Yaya Touré and even Arthur.
At the age of 32, no one interprets the game better from the mid-center alley, the benchmark position in the Barça style, as long as the team is together, is short, has possession of the ball and puts pressure on the rival's field, as has happened lately with Koeman's Barça. He has an excellent command of the space-time relationship, jumps to pressure at the right moment, solves in a few meters and connects more and better than anyone with Messi.
It is enough to see the 0-4 that scored 10 against Real, when Busquets assisted Messi. Against Real he recovered the leather six times and his percentage of success in the pass was 93.34%, the usual average in LaLiga – against Elche it was 100% -. With the victory assured, Koeman replaced him in the 67th minute to regulate his effort, now that he is in top form, after an always difficult start, be it coach Valverde, Luis Enrique or Koeman.
A plan from Koeman
Busquets has come The deployment of the team from 3-5-2 is very good, especially since the coach has arranged for many players to gather in the center of the field due to the offensive of the wings and the defensive withdrawal of the forwards, especially Griezmann . So comfortable has Busquets found that even De Jong, a midfielder with a lot of arrival and also a goal, remained as central in Anoeta.
De Jong helped to throw the passing line from Ter Stegen's area and forms the backbone of the team with Busquets in the division and a little more advanced Messi. At a touch and within a radius of 10 meters, Busquets balances his team and unbalances the rival, he does not arrive late for coverage nor does he have to run from side to side, but gives the ball speed and underlines the solidarity and coral character From Barcelona.
Invisible player when the team plays well, Busquets becomes the designated footballer if Barça loses. Sometimes it even looks like a hunting trophy, or the cap that should be removed to end a decline that veterans refuse to notice after matches like Real's. Not only did they run more than the youngsters but they were the best: Messi, Busquets and Alba.
That slow and out-of-form midfielder, expired and without peaks of play, repetitive in fouls and cards, became the meeting point of Barça football. Busquets was never fast and rather seems skinny, he never distinguished himself by his physique at a time when he was betting on players like Ilax Moriba. Very few have, on the other hand, their "mental strength and football intelligence", they point out at the Camp Nou. Maturity allows him to avoid wear and tear and gives the club time to look for a substitute in advance without having to bet on a double pivot difficult to fit in at Barça.
The stability of the team also depends on the health of Busquets . Lately the Catalans have been playing all as one, in a tribal way, as if they were born in the same neighborhood, so stray that no one can turn around, forbidden to put the rear-view mirror, because the goal is in the rival goal, and right now in the Cup and LaLiga. Reversing seems prohibited at Barça.
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