Football

Busquets plays a pass during Atletico 1-1 Barcelona.

Sergio Busquets produced lovely skill to beat Diego Costa in Atletico Madrid 1-1 Barcelona

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Barcelona fought back from a goal down on Saturday night to draw 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid and prevent Diego Simeone's men from going above them in the table.

Diego Costa headed in his first La Liga goal of the season to send the Wanda Metropolitano crazy but Ousmane Dembele's composed finish snatched a point for the visitors.

The match held a special significance for Sergio Busquets because it was the midfielder's 500th appearance for Barcelona in all competitions.

He's spent his entire senior career at the Nou Camp and won a massive 28 trophies, including seven La Liga titles, six Copa del Rey triumphs and three Champions Leagues.

The first half of Atletico 1-1 Barca was extremely tight but that didn't stop Busquets from showing his true class yet again with a fabulous piece of skill.

The brilliance of Busquets

Football purists regard Busquets as one of, if not the finest holding midfielder of this generation due to his unique blend of passing, vision and technical quality.

Busquets in possession against Alaves at the Nou Camp

One of the Spaniard's biggest assets is his ability to remain unfazed at all times, even when opposition players are racing towards him to close him down.

With Ernesto Valverde reverting to last year's 4-4-2 system and Ivan Rakitic suspended, Busquets anchored a new-look midfield of Sergi Roberto, Arthur, Arturo Vidal and himself.

Busquets beats Costa with super skill

During the opening period, Atleti's players worked very hard to stop Busquets; seen as the key in the build-up to Barca's attacks, and that included ex-Chelsea man Costa.

Sergio B., Arturo Vidal and Diego Costa clash for possession

The Brazil-born Spain striker sprinted straight at Busquets and looked certain to regain possession but the Barca playmaker's brain and feet were simply too quick.

As you can see below, Busi effortlessly popped the ball through Costa's legs and carried on in typically calm fashion after the nutmeg while the forward was still moving in the opposite direction.

The 30-year-old was at his silky best but Ernesto Valverde's men have since been knocked off the top of the table by Sevilla, who beat Real Vallodolid on Sunday.

Busquets and Barcelona can guarantee Champions League progression by beating PSV Eindhoven this week and then regain top spot in the league when they host Villarreal.

What are YOUR thoughts on Busquets' skill to beat Costa and his overall ability? Do YOU think he is the best defensive midfielder in the world? Leave YOUR opinion in the comments box below!

Topics:
Football
Ernesto Valverde
Sergio Busquets
Diego Costa
La Liga
Atletico Madrid
Barcelona

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again