It has been an eventful few days for Barcelona and manager Ernesto Valverde, and one of the most difficult aspects they will need to deal with in the coming weeks is the overall fitness of the squad.
Both Sergi Roberto and Rafinha are expected to miss extended time, with news of an unfortunate knee injury for striker Luis Suárez coming out this week as well. Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen will also be on the sidelines for about a month.
In a strange way, Wednesday’s Champions League encounter has arrived at the right time in this regard. The Blaugrana have already secured their place in the Round of 16, offering Valverde a chance to rotate his line-up a bit. Considering all the injuries he’s facing, the 54-year-old coach doesn’t have much of a choice.
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Busquets takes a look ahead
In an interview with MARCA, Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets discussed what his playing career may hold in the future. In the present day, the 30-year-old is focused on helping to deliver more success and more trophies at the Camp Nou. As for life after Barcelona, Busquets appears keen to explore a new environment and a new setting.
“I want to finish things well and be useful for the team without being a problem. I don’t know when [the end of his Barcelona career will be]. From there, if I feel good, I’d like to try another kind of football, maybe in the USA, Japan or Qatar. When it’s all over I want to enjoy my family because I’ve never really had four days off in a row. Then I’d like to study to become a coach.”
Like Andrés Iniesta and Xavi before him, things will be a little different for Busquets when he does eventually depart Catalonia.
Barcelona face PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday evening in the UEFA Champions League at 8PM UK time.