- May 26, 2010
Carrick had a better passing range though, he could get rid of it with a 40 yard cross field ball or a keep it flowing with passes on the half turn. Busquets cant do that. He cant spread the ball like Carrick could.Such a simplistic analysis of a team sport. Mobility is one factor among many. While Casimiero is fairly mobile his quality on the ball is poor in comparison to Busquets. I mean, Carrick himself was fairly immobile and 'shat himself' when pressed on plenty of occasions as we well know. But merely picking on deficiencies of a team /unit to portray them solely on a player of that team is rather odd. Maybe Pirlo was also poor due to that one encounter against Park. Or more likely, in addition to having a formidable opponent, he also had the misfortune of being in the team whose tactics/collective was not as strong as their opponents on the night.
I do think Messi often carries Barcelona like no other footballer can. But it also has more to do with how poorly theyr run as a club and managed as a team than every individual there being poor other than him. Busquets is fantastic. The best I've ever seen in his role. Of course he's had his ups and downs like any other player and has been part of team failures but who hasnt?
When Sergio is isolated he hasnt the quick little lay off passes to a teammate who is supernatural in tight spaces so has to be more careful with it. He cant do that to a high level.
Theres many, many examples of Barcas midfield getting overrun, I could give you plenty of said examples but all thats coming the other way is broad overviews. Theres a reason for that, Its simply not there on the pitch. The midfield is stretched more and theres no proof at all of Busquets being any sort of midfield lynchpin.
Follow that same decline in Barcas midfield getting overrun and set that against Spain and we have the exact same drop off. As soon as Xavi and Iniesta lost their legs to press it led to Sergio bringing little to the side.
Again he is 31. Id put Carricks performances from deep up against Busqets from 27 onwards any day of the week.