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, […]