The Barcelona midfielder, who has played 116 international games, has questioned his value to the club and the country after a tough season at Camp Nou.

Busquets is the most essential players in Spain

Sergio Busquets remains one of the essential players in Spain, according to head coach Luis Enrique. The Barcelona midfielder, who has played 116 international games, has questioned his value to the club and the country after a tough season at Camp Nou. But Busquets made a performance close to his best-assured as Spain snatched a 1-1 draw in their UEFA Nations League against Germany in Stuttgart. Not that the 32-year-old needs to prove himself to his former Blaugrana boss. “Busquets is a player who doesn’t need to talk a lot because his presence imposes respect,” Luis Enrique said ahead of Sunday’s game against Ukraine. “But Busquets’ not here for what he brings in off the pitch, and he’s here for what he brings in on the field. He makes games better or worse, but he’s one of the most important national team players.”

Fati’s calmness and maturity surprised Luis Enrique

Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara shone alongside Busquets against Germany, completing 97 of 104 passes in the match and joining Luis Enrique in the glowing score. “It’s nice to see how he positions himself and manages the team,” said Busquets’ ex-Barça colleague. “There is his presence, his game, his numbers for many years, to improve as a midfielder, you have to turn to his attention.” Ferran Torres, Oscar Rodriguez, Mikel Merino, and Ansu Fati all made their debuts during the Germany clash, with Barça teenager Fati becoming the second youngest full international in his country’s history. “His performances does not surprise me, because I have seen all his matches at Barça,” Luis Enrique said about Fati. “His calmness, his maturity, and naturalness surprised me. He is a different player. I don’t need to explain it to you because you already see him.

“His involvement in training and his maturity makes him very easy for me as a coach”. Adama Traore may be next on the list of debutants from this international break after being cleared to join the Spanish national team following his positive coronavirus test. Nevertheless, Luis Enrique did not want to draw on his plans for the Wolves winger. “I would like all the players to be very happy, but I will decide the line-up with those who are more ready,” he added. “It is possible that a few or many will remain in the team. As for Adama Traore, we will see, but only two hours before the game, we will know the composition.”