Messi,Suarez and Neymar’s 122 have goals proved instrumental to Barcelona’s second treble success in the past 6 years. While their plaudits are deserved, and rewarded in accordance, the true triad that proved pivotal to Barca’s success, lay right behind them. It isn’t a small coincidence, that Rakitic’s opener, was the first Barca goal, from open play, since February 28th, to have not been scored by any one of the attacking three. It’s not what Barca’s midfield are known for, and it’s not what makes them stand out. The fact that they aren’t flashy, makes their accomplishments all the more remarkable. The midfield triad of Rakitic, Busquets and Iniesta, in many ways, the perfect midfield masterclass. Busquets, once regarded by Xavi as the smartest player he’s ever played with architects play from deep, and always functions four steps ahead of his opponents. Iniesta is the creator, who transfer the ball from midfield to attack, with near metronomical precision. It is Rakitic however, […]

Sergio Busquets might be headed out of the exit door as Premier League trio looks to take advantage of the dressing room unrest at Barcelona. Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly plotting a move for Spanish international Sergio Busquets as stories of unrest in the Barcelona dressing room make rounds. Reports indicate that the 26-year old midfielder is ready to leave Barcelona in search of a new challenge with the growing discontent in the Barcelona camp, with Luis Enrique’s management being the suggested reason. Luis Enrique’s treatment of established players such as Gerard Pique and his incomprehensible decision making is said to be creating unrest amongst the senior Barcelona players. Enrique has used different line-ups in 24 successive games and just doesn’t seem to bring out the best from his players. Busquets might not be happy with the way things are being handled at Barcelona right now and an unhappy player, especially of Busquet’s calibre, is sure to attract interest. […]