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Credit to the deserving Sergio Busquets.

Saturday 2nd July 2011
Mention Barcelona and the "passing game" immediately springs to mind. Tell your friend about Barcelona's passing game and he'll mention Xavi and Iniesta. Yet again he is forgotten, left in the shadows, unrecognized, uncherised, uncredited. Yet he does so much seemingly so little.

4-3-3 is the formation. Valdes between the sticks, Abidal at left back, Alves at right back. The fantastic partners : Puyol and Pique completing the back four. The front three has MVP (Messi, Villa and Pedro) who together, scored 99 goals this season. Now to the midfield! The strongest area of the Barca team. This area belongs to Xavi and Iniesta, together they boss the midfield... wait a moment, you forgot him again, didn't you? Ah poor Busi..

On 13th September 2008, at the young age of 20, Busquets made his La liga debut. Busquets played 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Racing de Santander. During Barcelona's UEFA Champions League match against FC Basel at St.Jakob- Park on 22nd October 2008, he scored the second goal in the 15th minute in a 5–0 group stage win . In early December, in another start, he scored his second goal with Barça in the competition, netting in the 83rd minute of a 2–3 home loss against FC Shakhtar Donetsk. Since then, Guardiola has placed his trust in him and he rarely disappoints. A world class ball winner, the player who links up the defence and the attack, the one who does the dirty work for the team, yet averages about 91 passes in a game. A mixture of defence and attack, tackles and tiki-taka. A rare type. A player who has been accused of everything possible : diving, racism, cheating, boxing, kung fu e.t.c. and still remains calm, playing his game, minding his business.

Often in the shadows of Xavi and Iniesta, Busquets remains anonymous for most parts of the game. But he plays a very very important role in the Barça team. A cule once told me "I hate Busquets, that will never change, I hope we sell him" Hate?

I think it's time Busquets got some credit.
Steve Mbonu
Email me at ugo4glories2010@yahoo.com

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