Friday 30 September 2016

Busquets calls the tune in Camp Nou musical chairs

Colm Parkinson

Published 02/09/2015 | 02:30

Barcelona's Sergio Busquets fights for the ball during their Spanish first division soccer match at San Mames stadium in Bilbao
Barcelona's Sergio Busquets fights for the ball during their Spanish first division soccer match at San Mames stadium in Bilbao

I spent the past week in Barcelona and made the trip out to Camp Nou on Saturday night. I criticised the atmosphere the last time I was there but this time there was a big improvement.

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The referee helped with a performance that enraged the home support. White handkerchiefs were waved furiously as penalty decisions and a disallowed goal went against Barca.

They are fascinating to watch live. When they attack the full-backs push up wide in a 2-5-3 formation and when they defend the full-backs and Sergio Busquets fall back into a 5-2-3.

The three constants up front are the obvious match-winners in Messi, Neymar and Suarez but the man who makes Barca tick is Busquets. He's brilliant at breaking up play, orchestrating the defence and starting attacks.

On an aside, for anyone going to the Camp Nou, don't pay for expensive tickets. If it's not a massive game against the Madrid teams, then the likelihood is the stadium will not be full. Buy the cheapest ticket and move down to a lower section for the second half. That's what we did and we were not alone. A version of musical chairs starts when the second half kicks off. CP

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