With Messi out all of the focus will be on Barcelona’s attacking, but the real pressure will be on midfielder Sergio Busquets.
The 25-year-old is often overlooked in the Barcelona system but he plays the most important role of anyone in the squad. He builds up play, reads the game better than anyone else and provides the protection and link between the defenders and attackers.
Busquets always has a very difficult task in every match but somehow he always comes through. But with Messi out of the picture, his job becomes much tougher.
Barcelona is more prone to give away possession with Messi off the pitch and have to defend more than they normally do. Busquets will have to step up and become even more influential if the Catalans are to continue their recent run of success.
He may be the brightest player in the world at his position, but Busquets will be forced to do twice as much without the security of Messi in front of him.
Which players must step up with Messi sidelined? Can Barcelona continue their winning ways without their best player? Leave your thoughts and comments below!
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