Sergio Busquets Barcelona’s Unsung Hero PDF
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Sergio Busquets Barcelona’s Unsung Hero PDF

 Sergio Busquets – The Barcelona unsung hero?

How important is Sergio Busquets to the Barcelona team? We all hear of the awards, plaudits and praise going to Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, and now on coaching courses, especially at youth level,

players being encouraged to copy these 3 players, but how important is Busquets, the unsung hero of the team?

Busquets role in the team

Busquets plays at the base of the midfield triangle of Barcelona’s 4-3-3 formation, which could also be a 4-diamond-2 formation with 2 wide strikers as Messi plays in a ‘False 9’ position as an attacking

midfielder more often now. The job Busquets does is to anchor his position in midfield, break up play and maintain possession of the ball, all of which he does very well – he had the 2nd highest pass

completion percentage in Europe last season (93%) behind Xavi (94%) (Source fourfourtwo magazine Britain). Busquets also had the joint 3rd highest amount of Interceptions in Europe with 67, behind

Javi Martinez of Athletic Bilbao (132), Marcelo of Real Madrid (75) and joint with Daniele De Rossi of Roma.

Xavi recently referred Busquets as the “Best 1 touch player in the world” , a very big compliment

from the best midfielder right now, and possibly ever. Vicente Del Bosque has said in the past “If I was to be a player again, the player I would want to be is Busquets”.

In the 1st clip, with pictures attached, I will look at certain things Busquets does well, anticipation of a loss of possession, his decision making of where and who to press, and what decision he makes

when he wins possession. In the 1st clip, with pictures attached, I will look at certain things Busquets does well, anticipation of a loss of possession, his decision making of where and who to press, and

what decision he makes when he wins possession.

7 seconds – Anticipation and Work Ethic.

Busquets is out of picture, but recognises that possession may be lost after a loose pass from Dani Alves to Xavi, Xavi gets a toe onto the ball but Pepe is there to intercept. Busquests see’s that Alves is blocking a pass to the opposite side of the pitch and quickly moves to block off the pass he see’s the pass that may be available - Pepe will play to Ronaldo - shows the line of the pass and intercepts.

The touch of the interception isn’t great but he shows his work ethic to get into the next challenge and this allows Barcelona to press as a group with Alves and Cesc to force play back to Casillas’ goal.


Sergio Busquets Barcelona’s Unsung Hero

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