Barcelona‘s Sergi Roberto says he’s happy to be the club’s laundry man, after Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Sporting Gijon. The midfielder who has quickly adapted to right-back position is improving with each game to the surprise of fans, teammates and management.
Image: Sergi Roberto
For his exploits this 2016/17 La Liga season, the 24-year-old has upstaged Aleix Vidal in the role and coach Luis Enrique seem to have more confidence in his vast abilities.
Sergi’s best performance so far was in the game against Sporting Gijon. He proved once again why he should retain the first team role in the right back position previously held by Barca’s great Dani Alves (2008-2013).
Roberto showed against Sporting Gijon that he could be the next. Completely doubtless in defence, essential in attack. He was good on the ball, creating twice as many chances (four) as any other player on the pitch, according to FourFourTwo’s Stats Zone app —BR.
Image: Sergi Roberto
The Spaniard said in a post-match interview: “It wasn’t easy. We knew Sporting would pose an intense game, but in the end we solved the puzzle.
“We struggled in the first half and also the pitch wasn’t perfect, but when we scored in the first half, we got the match on track.
“Every time I play there, I get used to it more. I’m getting a taste for playing at right-back.
“We came into the game from a draw at and needed the points.”
Meanwhile, coach Luis Enrique is full of praises for the club’s newest revelation.
Responding to a question that compared Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal to Sergi Roberto on who’s the perfect player to represent Spain in the right back position. The coach revealed that though his player seem to be on cloud nine at the moment, the wide role may not be permanent.
“It depends on the situation,” he told a news conference.
“I think there is no better [player on the] right … than Sergi Roberto,” he said.
“I have seen many games, and I can’t see a better player than him for this position, to play for Barcelona, because we are a team with a lot of possession.
“But he can [also] play inside or [as a] pivot. I love that he feels good playing at that position. It is very good for us to have a versatile player like him … it gives us a lot of [options].”
He continued: “[We are] very happy for the victory.
“[To] play and win away from home is a dangerous [task] and more [so] against Sporting, who have great intensity.
“We were able to create chances to settle before the break and then in the second half we struggled to get into the game.
“They did not generate chances, but neither did they let us move.
“The result was misleading. It sounded simple, but it was not. Not at all.”