Ryan Giggs picked out Sergio Busquets for special praise after the Barcelona star’s eye-catching first half performance for Spain against England at Wembley on Tuesday night.
England were leading 1-0 at the time, thanks to Adam Lallana’s ninth-minute penalty, but it was Busquets who impressed Giggs the most.
"The best thing about that half was watching Busquets. It's been an absolute masterclass in how to play holding midfield,” Giggs said live on ITV Sport. "Some players always have two or three options and never panic. He's like a snooker player out there."
Unfortunately there are football fans in England who criminally underrate Busquets and regard him as a cheat because of one specific incident way back in 2010 when Barcelona played Inter Milan in the Champions League.
Busquets went down following a challenge from Thiago Motta, who was shown a red card, and the Spanish midfielder rolled around before famously peeking through his hands to see what was happening.
But that one incident really shouldn’t overshadow Busquets’ extraordinary ability.
There’s a reason why he’s been a mainstay in Barcelona’s midfield since the beginning of the Pep Guardiola era: he’s arguably the best midfielder in the world.
The 28-year-old always seems to pick the right pass, he never panics when receiving the ball, and his football intelligence is off the scale.
Video: Busquets sells Lallana with one touch
Lallana found this out the hard way when he sprinted out to Busquets, who then lost the Liverpool player with a beautiful chopped touch.
Here’s the video…
And here’s how Twitter reacted…
Spain pulled it back to draw 2-2
Lallana was forced off with an injury shortly after being sold by Busquets - the two events weren’t related - while Jamie Vardy doubled England’s lead after half-time.
However, goals from Iago Aspas and Isco at the death denied Gareth Southgate what would have been a fantastic victory.
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