Sergio Busquets (34 years old) is still one of the most important footballers for Xavi Hernandez. Sixth player with the most minutes (686′) only surpassed by Ter Stegen (990′), Lewandowski (899′), pedri (779′), Dembele (752′) and Gavi (736′). However, the captain of the FC Barcelona presents to date a negative statistic. The midfielder saw a yellow card in each one of the last five games and the ratio so far this season is the highest of his career in Barça first team.
With seven warnings in eight official commitments played between League and Champions, the average is 0.87. It’s more than double that of his worst season in this chapter. In 2013-14, with ‘Tata’ Martino on the bench, he saw 0.36 yellow cards per game until reaching 17 in 48 duels. He also reached 17, but in 54 games in the 2018-19 season, with an average of 0.31.
The total of seven in this campaign includes the two that led to the expulsion for a double warning against Ray Vallecano (0-0) in the first league day for grabbing Trejo and nudge Falcao. The next one was vs Cadiz (0-4) for stopping a counterattack from Iván Alejo and since then he never stopped seeing the yellow color in the hands of the referee: In Munich (2-0) by a stomp to Musiala, vs Mallorca (0-1) for grabbing Baba, against Inter (1-0) for a foul on Lautaro Martinez and on Sunday vs Celta (1-0) for holding with two hands Patience impeding his progress.
After seeing two yellow cards so far in the Champions League, Busquets could miss the match on Wednesday 26 at home against Bayern if the Polish Szymon Marciniak warns him tomorrow vs Inter.