Watching Sergio Busquets get overwhelmed by Real Madrid’s midfield last night was enough to bring tears to the eyes.
Pep Guardiola took Busquets from a lanky midfielder in Barcelona’s B side to one of the best holding midfielders in world football.
His partnership with Xavi and Andres Iniesta turned Barcelona into the dominant force in Europe, sending the opposition into a dizzying carousel of one touch passing and moving.
But last night, as Madrid completed a 5-1 aggregate win to lift the Spanish Super Cup, Busquets looked lost.
Mateo Kovacic’s drop of the shoulder nearly broke his ankles, and it didn’t get much better from there.
Every time he looked up, rather than having Xavi, Iniesta or, dare we say it, Neymar to pass to, he had Sergi Roberto, Nelson Semedo and Andre Gomes.
Two photos perfectly summed up the change in Barcelona’s playing style, which has been eroding since Pep left.
Where are his mates? Why is Busquets all on his own? So many questions. So few answers.
But fear not, Barcelona fans, because Paulinho is coming in to sort out all your problems.
Someone needs to put the call into Marco Verratti asap.
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