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Sergio Busquets Shows Class By Gifting Shirt To Betis Manager Quique Setien

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Sergio Busquets Shows Class By Gifting Shirt To Betis Manager Quique Setien

Barcelona suffered a shock defeat to Real Betis on the weekend, despite the return of the previously injured Lionel Messi, and Sergio Busquets was suitably impressed with the Seville side's style of play.

It's not often that Barcelona lose at home in La Liga, it's even rarer that they do so by conceding four goals, but that's what happened on Sunday afternoon when they went down 3-4 against Real Betis.

Barca had been without Lionel Messi for a couple of weeks after his fractured arm but the club's record goal scorer returned on the weekend and scored twice in the loss.

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Betis though were in the ascendancy for much of the game and led 3-1 and 4-2 before Messi's late consolation gave the La Liga champions a bit more respectability.

The result rounded off a good week for Betis who also drew with AC Milan in the Europa League to keep them top of Group F above the Italians.

What was so eye catching from the Barcelona game was the performance and attacking football that Quique Setien's side played with.

Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets, a player who is extremely important to the Catalan' style, was clearly impressed too and gave Seitien a signed shirt saying 'To Quique with appreciation and admiration for your way of seeing football. A hug.'

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Sergio Busquets signed shirt.
Sergio Busquets signed shirt.

After the match the Betis boss was asked if Johan Cruyff, the initiator of Barca's philosophy, would have been proud of his side's performance with the 60 year old saying, "I'm sure he would. Everyone that really likes good football -- that tries to see things beyond the result -- I'm sure they would have liked it. That's why a lot of people follow and enjoy Betis."

The former Las Palmas boss ruled himself out of replacing Ernesto Valverde at the Camp Nou saying, "It's true, I have admired [Barcelona's] type of football all my life, ever since I was a player and I came here to play and never touched the ball. But despite this defeat, Barcelona still have a great coach [Valverde] and I am really happy where I am at the moment."

Topics: Football News, Barcelona, Sergio Busquets, Spanish football, Real Betis

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