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Should Andres Iniesta take over the captaincy?
One of the first, and perhaps the biggest decisions that Lucho will make. Who will be his mouthpiece on the pitch? His general.
There are a number of good candidates and all bring something different to the party.
Xavi Hernandez was always the second in line after Carles Puyol so it would be completely understandable if he were to be "promoted."
However, age is not on his side and with a nod to the future, the manager may look to someone who still has a few years left in the tank. Victor Valdes is no longer at the club and next vice-captain is Andres Iniesta.
Again, there won't be too many complaints if the little magician gets the gig, such is his exemplary conduct on and off the pitch. A real ambassador.
But is he too quiet?
Per an interview with Barca TV as reported in AS (via Dermot Corrigan of ESPN), Enrique noted:
A captain is not whoever lifts the cup or shakes hands with the referee, it is much more. The captains should be the reference points for the players, they should be voted for and that's it. I know the personalities of the Barca players and those who can be captains.
We will have fluid communication. I do not want captains who are the most handsome, the most veteran, the nicest guys or those who sign the most autographs. I am aware of how it is at Barca. I know the personality of those who can be Barca captains, who are more than ready.
Javier Mascherano has been captain of Argentina in the past and has obvious leadership qualities and Gerard Pique probably needs the responsibility to allow him to refocus his own game.
Sergio Busquets is another who could be considered, but his role is demanding enough, by his own admission, via Graham Hunter of ESPN:
The work is intense. You have to calculate a great deal very quickly which requires football intelligence and real concentration. Part of my role is to shuttle between the defense and the attacking lines to make sure that the ball circulates well and quickly.
Often this 'Pivote' position starts the play. Defensively you are also an intermediate between our back four and the midfield and I try to mark and press so that I can isolate the opposition striker from their own midfield.
I'm a team player who needs to work a lot and sacrifice myself for the success of the group.
Therefore, to load a captaincy on top of that might be asking a little too much.