BUS QUETS

ONE on ONE

Soccer 360 - - La Liga - BY THOMAS UNSWORTH

SER­GIO BUS­QUETS IS CON­SID­ERED ONE OF THE MOST IN­FLU­EN­TIAL MID­FIELD PLAY­ERS IN THE WORLD. HERE THE BARCELONA STAR TELLS SOC­CER 360 HOW HE STAYS HUN­GRY, WHY HE DOESN’T MIND BE­ING A SNOW PLOUGH, AND THAT NO­BODY COM­PARES WITH MESSI

SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN AT BARCELONA YOU HAVE WON 28 TI­TLES – COULD YOU EVER IMAG­INE THAT LEVEL OF SUC­CESS?

I re­mem­ber my first hope was to make the first team – I could never have imag­ined ev­ery­thing that has come af­ter.

WHAT KEEPS YOU HUN­GRY FOR MORE?

Ev­ery­thing that has been achieved is in the past – I am al­ways look­ing for more suc­cess with the team. Once I am re­tired, I can look back – but at the mo­ment I am only look­ing at this sea­son and it be­ing an­other suc­cess­ful one.

WE KNOW AT BARCELONA ALL TRO­PHIES ARE CON­SID­ERED IM­POR­TANT – BUT IS THERE SOME­THING EX­TRA SPE­CIAL ABOUT THE CHAM­PI­ONS LEAGUE?

There is – it is a very spe­cial com­pe­ti­tion that I have been able to win 3 times. The way we ex­ited the com­pe­ti­tion last sea­son hurt – and we want to make it right this sea­son.

BARCELONA ARE THE FA­VORITES ALONG WITH MANCH­ESTER CITY AND JU­VEN­TUS – DOES THAT MEAN ADDED PRES­SURE?

No not re­ally – be­cause the ex­pec­ta­tion is al­ways there for Barcelona to win The Cham­pi­ons League. We be­lieve we can – but there are many strong teams. You have men­tioned 2 of the best – but there are more.

YOU ARE RE­GARDED AS ONE OF THE BEST MID­FIELD PLAY­ERS IN EUROPE – WHO WAS YOUR IDOL GROW­ING UP?

I am not sure I had an idol – but there were play­ers I liked to watch who I had tac­ti­cal sim­i­lar­i­ties with. Firstly, there was Pa­trick Vieira – and then later Xavi and Yaya Toure who of course I got to play with.

Xavi once called you the snow plough

“CLEAR­ING ALL BE­FORE YOU.” IS “THE BUS­QUETS ROLE” UN­DER­AP­PRE­CI­ATED?

It is not im­por­tant for me – I don’t need the lead role. The strik­ers who score the goals get the big plau­dits and I am happy with that. I am not self­ish I would rather they score. I love the role that I play.

SINCE YOU WERE A TEENAGER YOU HAVE BEEN AT BARCELONA – WAS THERE ANY OTHER OP­TION TO BE ANY­THING BUT A SOC­CER PLAYER?

For me no – football was ev­ery­thing to me grow­ing up. As a kid you would find it im­pos­si­ble to see me without a football.

YOU ARE ONE OF THE FEW TOP LEVEL PLAY­ERS WITHOUT SO­CIAL ME­DIA. YOU HAVE AC­TU­ALLY BEEN QUITE CRIT­I­CAL OF IT IN THE PAST HAVEN’T YOU?

It is not for me – there are so many is­sues with it – with fake pro­files and peo­ple just us­ing it to say what­ever they want. I don’t even like to mes­sage my friends and fam­ily – I pre­fer to pick up the phone and have a con­ver­sa­tion.

YOU HAVE PLAYED WITH MESSI FOR MANY YEARS – IS THERE ANY­THING YOU CAN SAY THAT HASN’T AL­READY BEEN SAID ABOUT THE LIT­TLE GE­NIUS?

I do not think so. There are many great play­ers – but with Messi he stands alone – there is no com­par­i­son. He has been the best for many years and he will be the best un­til he de­cides to re­tire.

THE NEW YEAR IS WHEN THE FIGHT

FOR TRO­PHIES HEATS UP – WHAT IS THE AM­BI­TION THIS SEA­SON?

To win ev­ery­thing. I am not go­ing to say we are go­ing to pri­ori­tise this over that – be­cause at Barcelona the am­bi­tion is al­ways to win ev­ery­thing.

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