After having played 1,344 minutes in an amazing performance, he has become another Untouchable for Luis Enrique
"Busquets made a perfect and spectacular game. You can not be better placed and you can not choose better in every action." Luis Enrique said that after Sergio Busquets' exhibition against BATE Borisov in the midfield. The Catalan player is doing a great start of the season and is one of the key pieces for the coach. He is the second player with more minutes (1,344) and, after the departure of Xavi, is becoming the most important man in Barcelona's midfield.
Tactically brilliant, providential when pressing and excellent in the game distribution, Busquets has become another Untouchable. By only watching the games, you can see his talent, but a closer look to his data allows us be aware of his absolute domination. These are the 5 stats of Busquets' perfect match against BATE Borisov.
1. The perfect passer - 86/88
During Wednesday's game, Sergio Busquets missed only two passes and signed a record: 86 out of 88 passes completed in the 75 minutes he played. Always well placed, he moved the ball judiciously and decisively contributed in having 74% of possession.
2. The outstanding pupil of pressing - 12 balls recovered
Attentive to cut the passing lines of BATE, Busquets recovered the ball 12 times, the 2nd best player in this aspect, only beaten by Vermaelen's 14, and tied with Mascherano. In recent games, Busquets has been one of the major responsible of an improvement of defense performance. He also managed to recover balls closer to the opponent's box.
3. The best in aerial game - 4/4 duels won
The Catalan was the player to win more aerial duels during the match with an efficiency of 100%: 4/4. He also proved to be concentrated in BATE's set-pieces actions. His 189 centimeters tall are a guarantee and his great tactical location allows him to always be near the ball.
4. Soccer surrounds him - 3 fouls received
Normally, strikers are players who finish the game with the highest rate of fouls. However, in this Wednesday's game, the player who received more fouls was Busquets: 3. The data demonstrates the importance of Busquets in game creation and obsession of the opponent to cut Barcelona's creation from the root.
5. Omnipresence in the game - Heat map
This heat map about the position Busquets stepped over the pitch shows that the midfield was very present in the attacking midffield position, pressing BATE when they tried to play with the ball. He starred on numerous goal chances with assists that broke the rigid defensive line of the opponent. In addition, he started the counterattack that ended in Suárez's 2-0.
Data from: Carles Domènech (Weloba Analytics) - Opta Sports - UEFA.com