Steven Gerrard has some forgetful memories of playing against the ‘untouchable’ Sergio Busquets
Barcelona salvaged a 1-1 draw against Chelsea as Lionel Messi scored after Willian had put Chelsea in front with a beautiful strike from outside the box. While Conte’s men had the majority of chances, it was Barcelona who bossed the possession. They had 73% of the ball and made 886 passes to 325 of Chelsea, with their metronome Sergio Busquets making 128 of those.
"He could go out there in a pair of velvet slippers and perform."
128 passes completed
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 20, 2018
After the match, BT Sport analysts Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand were full of praise for the Spaniard. Often the most under-rated player in the Barcelona line-up, he has been a mainstay of the all-conquering Catalan side.
In the post-match analysis, Stevie G gave an honest insight on what it was like to play against Busquets. He said, “Having played against him, in the end, you stop pressing him because it’s just so frustrating. You can’t get near him, you can’t get the ball off him, you can’t get close.”
Labelling the 29-year-old a nightmare, Gerrard went on to add, “If you come out of your position to press him, he pops it around you – and you can’t do it for 90 minutes because you’re just using useless energy up. He’s an absolute nightmare to play against.”
“He didn’t break sweat. It almost looks like he is in second gear.”
Barcelona will be in high hopes when they take on Chelsea in three weeks’ time. An away goal could prove to be crucial in a tie of such magnitude. Meanwhile, Chelsea will take heart from the fact that their game plan would have worked had it not been for an individual error.
Anyone’s opinion of Sergio Busquets can easily reveal how knowledgeable they are about the Spanish game. Busquets has been the mainstay during three generations Barcelona’s team alongside Lionel Messi and Gerrard Pique. His game, while full of antics, is extremely effective and as Gerrard said ‘frustrating’ for the opponents.