Busquets: Draw not a step backwards

FC Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets steps over Valencia midfielder Rodrigo De Paul. / MIGUEL RUIZ
The FC Barcelona midfielder speaks to the media following the 1–1 draw on Saturday night

Sergio Busquets didn’t get the chance to be the hero this time. The midfielder, whose last-minute goal handed Barça a dramatic victory at Valencia a year ago — incredibly, the last time Valencia lost at home in league play — was reduced to nothing but words this time.

Although Busquets wasn’t able to alter the outcome on Saturday night, and nor were any of his teammates, the midfielder did speak to reporters after the game to talk about the 1–1 draw.

“Valencia defended very well,” he said. “They scored on us and we didn’t have enough time to turn things around on the scoreboard.”

While many in the realm of FC Barcelona may regard Saturday’s result a disappointment, the perpetually stoic Busquets wasn’t having any of it. “This draw is not a step backwards,” he said. “We’re still leaders and if we keep playing this way we’re sure to win more games.”

When asked to break down the game, Busquets was frank. “Valencia played back on defence, but we were good,” he said. “We were better than them but we didn’t put the game away and that was a bit of a problem.”