I’d say he’s certainly among the best. He’s certainly the very best for Barça’s system, getting sitting first class players like Yaya Toure and Javier Mascherano makes that pretty obvious.
However, it truly depends upon the thing you need from that position. He wouldn’t do too on the strictly countering team that has got to defend lots of fast defensive transitions, because he’s relatively slow around the turn and never an excellent sprinter or dominant in mid-air. Actually, over a couple of matches this year Enrique has performed Mascherano due to the fact that aspect was needed in the DM.
However in a possession based system that needs the ball to become performed out of the defense and charge of the midfield, he’s certainly your guy, while he could be the right one touch passer on the planet and is among individuals players who understands where everybody around him reaches all occasions and who already knows where he’s going to pass the ball another before he receives it, similar to Xavi. It was plain to determine within the first 1 / 2 of the final clásico when Mascherano began because of Sergio’s injuries and it was not able to complement Busquets’ passing from that position, allowing RM to dominate the midfield and isolating Messi who could not get a spread the RW. Like Iniesta, you frequently realize just how he’s when he isn’t playing.
He is another superior positional defender, an incredible presser, who uses his lengthy legs and gangly body in a manner that causes it to be generally unnecessary for him to to foul or visit the ground to tackle to win a ball back. He’s smart so he pressures the opposing player into creating a bad pass instead of attempting to tackle, that is always dangerous. He’s a really high football intelligence, and thus can be used a tactical piece with a smart coach, however if you simply question to become a physical pressure, when it comes to speed especially, he suffers.