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Busquets’ Passing Skills More Important To Barcelona Than His Acting Skills

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Castrol EDGE Performance data shows how Xavi Hernández and Sergio Busquets’ passing skills were vital to Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Real Madrid (and before you ask, no, Castrol doesn’t award points for diving).

Sergio Busquets’ 129 successful passes against Madrid is the most seen in a Champions League game this season, while Xavi’s 122 is sixth in this list:

Most successful passes in a Champions League game this season:

Date

Team

Opponent

Player

Successful Passes

2011-04-27

Barcelona

Real Madrid

Busquets, Sergio

129

2010-09-28

Real Madrid

Auxerre

Alonso, Xabi

128

2010-09-14

Barcelona

Panathinaikos

Busquets, Sergio

128

2010-12-07

Barcelona

Rubin Kazan

Busquets, Sergio

126

2011-04-27

Barcelona

Real Madrid

Xavi

122

2010-12-07

Barcelona

Rubin Kazan

Mascherano, Javier

121

2010-09-14

Barcelona

Panathinaikos

Xavi

120

As can be seen from the graphics of their passing below, the two players filled out different functions, with Busquets focusing almost exclusively on distribution to other players in the centre of the pitch, and Xavi seeking to get the ball out to the wings:

Busquets passes vs Real Madrid

Busquets' Passing Skills More Important To Barcelona Than His Acting Skills

Xavi passes vs Real Madrid

Busquets' Passing Skills More Important To Barcelona Than His Acting Skills

Blue – Successful; Red – Unsuccessful

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