Luis Enrique has just recently announced his finalized roster for the Spanish National Team for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022.
Amongst those 26 finalized players, Sergio Busquets from FC Barcelona is selected to
represent La Roja on the National stage. Captaining the side in 2022’s edition, he remains the only player from the 2010 Spanish side that managed to win the World Cup itself in South Africa.
Enrique himself was full of praise in his press conference following Busquets’ selection, stating that “My goal is to convince Busquets to play in another World Cup. I am not joking, I don’t see a better pivot in the world than Busi for our system”. Bold claims, but ones that may not be that far-fetched given just how closely Luis Enrique has followed the midfielder in the recent years of his career both with Spain and with Barcelona.
Potentially his final season with the Catalan club as well, this may very well be his final National tournament too, unless Enrique manages to convince him otherwise. Going into this competition, Busquets may have more motivation than ever before to ensure his swan song is just as golden as the majority of his trophy-laden career.
His selection does not exactly come as a surprise, given that the Barcelona player has been
vital to all of Enrique’s combinations in recent national fixtures and tournaments. It is yet to be seen if there are any changes to the system the manager typically uses, or if Busquets will be used as he typically has been under Enrique; accompanied by two central midfielders in front of him.
When reviewed at a club level, Busquets has had a mixed start to the season thus far. Criticism in recent games does not seem to have fazed Enrique’s opinion on the Catalan captain, however. Now in the list of 26 destined to represent the country of Spain in Qatar, Busquets is accompanied by a few other familiar faces from Barcelona, those being Pedri, Gavi, Jordi Alba, Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, and Eric Garcia.