Busquets prepared to fight for Barca place

first_imgSergio Busquets accepts he will have to fight to keep his place in Barcelona’s midfield after returning to the starting side for Tuesday’s win over Villarreal.First-half goals from Antoine Griezmann and Arthur secured a 2-1 victory for the Spanish champions and eased the pressure on Ernesto Valverde.Barca moved up to fourth in La Liga with their latest win, just a point behind current leaders Granada. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Valverde recalled experienced Spain international Busquets for the Camp Nou encounter after leaving him out of the team that suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to Granada at the weekend.The 31-year-old also watched from the bench when Barca lost their La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao and knows his spot in the XI is no longer guaranteed.”I’m fine,” Busquets told Diario Sport.”There’s a lot of competition in the centre of the pitch and there are players who are still out.”The competition is good because it forces us to improve our level. I’m going to work hard to earn a place.”W Barça pick up  big points!Barça  ( @AntoGriezmann 6′; @arthurhromelo , 15′)Villarreal  (Cazorla, 44′) pic.twitter.com/gXD2oupv9G — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 24, 2019 Busquets returned to the XI alongside goal-scorer Arthur but the third of Valverde’s three changes backfired as an adductor injury ended Lionel Messi’s involvement at half-time.The Barca captain was making his first start of the season after overcoming a calf problem.Busquets hopes Messi can return to full fitness as soon as possible, insisting Barca are incomplete without their “best player” leading the attack.Busquets said: “It’s inconvenient because he’s our best player, the best in the world.”I hope it’s as minor as possible and that he returns to the team as soon as possible.”Valverde’s are back in La Liga action away at Getafe on Saturday, ahead of a Champions League home match against Inter four days later.last_img read more