Sergio Busquets must thwart the threat of a familar face to Barcelona on Saturday – opinion

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Barcelona are welcoming Celta Vigo to the Camp Nou this Saturday night and they will undoubtedly be eager to return to winning ways. But on the other side, a familiar face awaits as Sergio Busquets could have his hands full with a former Blaugrana player, Denis Suarez.

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The young midfielder has seemingly finally found his groove but unfortunately, it was away from Catalonia.

Even though he spent a big majority of his career at Barcelona, he made the permanent transfer to Celta Vigo just last summer as he returned back to the club of his youth.

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And it seems that this change has done him a world of good.

On Saturday night, however, his fortune could mean Barcelona’s demise and that’s exactly where Busquets comes into play.

Familiar faces

Needless to say, Suarez has quickly become one of the most important players at his new club.

Even though he could never achieve greatness with the Catalans, the start to his new life at Celta Vigo is definitely promising.

So far, he tallied 991 minutes under his belt and managed to bag a goal and an assist in the process. But despite his final product not being so impressive, his other figures certainly are.

The 25-year-old midfielder averaged 1.1 shots, 2.5 key passes and an impressive 3.3 dribbles per game in La Liga. That makes him a very dangerous target and the opposition often resort to fouling him as that is often the only way to stop Celta’s ace.

For that reason, he’s been fouled 1.8 times per game so far.

Sergio Busquets vs Denis Suarez - Sergio Busquets must thwart the threat of a familar face to Barcelona on Saturday - opinion

But Busquets is a master of dispelling trouble and pocketing threats to Barcelona’s net.

His numbers do support that thesis as well – 2.4 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game indicate that the experienced Spaniard can still tango with the best of them.

And he’s only been dribbled past once per game in La Liga so far, which stacks up against Suarez’s dribbling ability quite nicely.

By all means, this looks like a thrilling contest Barcelona can’t afford to lose and stopping a player who was once one of their own definitely won’t be easy.

Let’s see if Busquets is up for the job.

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