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The way Sergio Busquets tells it, his debut sounds like it could have happened yesterday.
“I was very nervous,” he recalls, in vivid detail. It was September 13, 2008, and Barça were getting ready to face Racing Santander in Week 2 of La Liga. “I found out the day before that I was going to start. It was going to be the first time I played at Camp Nou.”
“Everyone was telling me to be relaxed, because our coach already knew me from the Barça B team,” Busquets says, “and that he knew what I was bringing to the team.”
But it wasn’t just feeling comfortable with the coach that helped Busquets that day. “My teammates brought me plenty of tranquility,” he says.
In the game itself, “We ended up tying it up in the final minutes, while for me personally, I remember it going very well.”
Fast forward to September 13, 2018, ten years to the day since that unforgettable debut at Camp Nou. What does ‘Busi’ think of the decade that’s gone by?
“I never would have imagined winning so many titles, playing in so many championship games, or experiencing so many incredible moments.”
For Sergio, there’s no need to imagine it any more. Today, it’s pure reality.
Here are the highlights of what else Busquets had to say:
On his progress over the years:
“I think I am a much more complete player now. I have played a lot of games and have won lots of titles. Today, I am more mature and experienced.”
On being one of the team’s key players:
“You always want to be, and stay, on the first team.”
“That first season, despite being a young player coming from the reserve team, I played a lot of minutes.”
On Johan Cruyff’s words of praise following Busquets’ debut:
“It fills me with excitement that someone like him, who marked an era both as a player and a coach, would have such nice things to say about me. It’s just one more reason to keep working hard.”
On his most memorable coach:
“I’d have to say Pep Guardiola, because he gave me the opportunity to experience all of this and because he’s the coach I played under the longest.”
On his most memorable player:
“The Barça B and La Masia players, like Pedro, with whom I shared the journey.”
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