Barcelona centerman Sergio Busquets says he could talk about the club’s turbulence for “five or six hours.”
La Liga Giants Barca had been embroiled in a drama for most of 2020, following Lionel Messi’s public announcement that he wanted to leave the club, Luis Suarez’s controversial departure to Atletico Madrid, and Ronald Koeman’s appointment as new head coach following Quique Setien ‘s dismissal in the aftermath of Bayern Munich’s 8-2 loss.
Messi ultimately stayed at Camp Nou after it became clear that he would not be able to exercise a get-out clause in his contract, while Koeman refuted Suarez’s claim that he had been forced out of the club.
Busquets – currently on international duty with Spain – has clear opinions on the condition of his club, but indicated that it would take a substantial amount of time to discuss them all.
“One thing is what’s going on outside, which isn’t the best time for the club,” he said at a media conference in the run-up to the Spanish League of Nations clash with Ukraine. “And another thing that happens in the sector, which was not our best year, and it shows at both an individual and a collective level.
“If I stopped to offer my opinion carefully, it might take five or six hours.
“It wasn’t our best year on the field. Football is a team sport, and if you’re not well together, you won’t be alone, but it’s already happened, and we’ve got a new chance. Things have improved, and we hope it’ll get better.”