Messi guarantees success, says Busquets

The Spain international singled out the Argentine for special praise after Wednesday’s win over Bayern, but has insisted Barcelona cannot afford to start celebrating yet

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets believes the presence of Lionel Messi is almost a guarantee for success following his virtuoso performance against Bayern Munich at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

The Argentina international scored twice and set up one more to help Barcelona to a 3-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final and Busquets was in awe of the prolific forward’s display.

“Having Messi in the team guarantees everything,” the midfielder told the official Barcelona website.

“He doesn’t just score goals, he gives assists, he works and wins the ball. He’s the best player in the world.”

Busquets then went on to admit that Barca are in pole position to make it to the final in Berlin, but stressed they cannot afford to take the second leg lightly as Bayern can still cause them trouble.

“We knew we’d have our chances. We had confidence in ourselves. We now know that if we get a goal in Munich then we’ll be in a great position. We’ll approach the game in the Allianz Arena like any other – looking to win. 

“Even though everyone says we’re the favourites, we’ll go step by step because Bayern will know how to cause us problems at home, especially with the coach they’ve got.”