FC Barcelona is behind Real Madrid. That was clear before the game, and even clearer during the match. Even when Real Madrid lacked of great stars like the ones that their fans are used to, Real Madrid's squad is superior. One position in which the Casa Blanca is clearly better is the defensive midfielder. Sergio Busquets is not a top class player any more. Is time for his successor.
That Sergio Busquets isn't a top class player anymore is no news. He has been lowering his level game after game for at least two years. Of course, he is an important player in the dressing room, as he is the second captain. And he is a La Masía product. But Luis Suárez and Arturo Vidal were pillars on the dressing room to and FC Barcelona's executives part ways with them, anyway.
Another thing to take into account, in this sense, is that FC Barcelona already has Busquets' successor ready: it's Frenkie de Jong, one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. Barcelona has paid 70 million euros for his rights. It may be time to place him in his real position and not as interior anymore.
In addition, FC Barcelona has transferred a now much needed interior -Brazilian Arthur- to Juventus in exchange for Miralem Pjanic, who can also be considered one of the ten best defensive midfielders in the world. Pjanic didn't even got playing time today. It's time for Koeman to bench Sergio and place Pjanic and de Jong in the Barcelona's midfield. In addition, maybe is also time for Busquets to start thinking about the MLS, right?