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Busquets discusses Valverde impact and change

Sergio Busquets believes Barcelona are a more superior side under new coach Ernesto Valverde.

The Catalan club have started the new La Liga season in superb form, having won both of their opening Champions League games, plus seven wins out of seven in the league.

Sitting comfortably on top of the table, Barca face Atletico Madrid after the international break and whilst some expected Valverde’s reign to begin a struggle – Busquets has opened about the improvements made under the former Athletic Bilbao coach.

“To play with various midfielder ensures you have more possession and superiority in the middle of the pitch,” Busquets told Mundo Deportivo.

“I believe I’m a little more protected now than I was before and this season I feel more comfortable – we are more compact and have more influence on the games.”

The Spanish international then went on to add his thoughts on their unbeaten record and their hope of winning more titles this season.

“I don’t know about the statistic but the feeling is we are playing closer together and that we are more compact, making it harder for others to create chances against us.

“This is good for the team and good for me, as we’re more solid and are more likely to fight for titles.”

Upon Barca’s return to football from the international fixtures, their game against Atleti at the new Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid has been amended slightly with Diego Simeone’s club telling Barca they will have no tickets for away supporters.

This comes after multiple incidents last weekend that surrounded the Catalan Independance Referendum and the behind closed doors game against Las Palmas.

A Barcelona supporters group said that they would storm the Camp Nou pitch if the game went ahead, calling on board directors to refuse entry.

Atleti claim that no tickets have been allocated due to a ‘logistical error’.

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