Sergio Busquets, B-
[KEN] New York City FC negated Busquets in the first half, ensuring at least one and usually two players shadowed the world-class playmaker. Miami coach Tata Martino moved Busquets higher up the field after halftime, forcing the Pigeons to choose between pulling back line defenders out of position or giving the Spanish legend room to receive the ball. Once Busquets got the ball, the Herons’ offense did begin to be more aggressive; lack of quality in the final third again plagued the Herons.
[MATT] I think most teams have figured out a way to stop Inter Miami isn't to put three players on Lionel Messi, but to clog up the ability of Busquets. He's the real maestro on the pitch... whether Messi is playing or not. He has a keen ability to find players in space and push an attack from the midfield. Martino was correct to put pressure on New York by changing up Busquets' playing position in the second half.