Another positional masterclass by Sergi Roberto. The perfect example of an individual that is always in the service of the collective.
For the second consecutive game, Sergi was the footballer with most touches in the match. Yesterday, 111. The triangle Roberto–Rakitić–Messi worked out very well last night to generate space and time, a favourable environment, for Leo. In the first half, Barça’s best against Mallorca, the three of them were the players with a highest involvement on the pitch. Curiously enough, they all made 57 touches in the opening 45 minutes.
Without a natural winger in front or next to him, Sergi understood when to make runs on the right flank and when to be more central and join the midfield. One of the best things about the Catalan is that he by no means makes blind crosses, but always makes sure to pick up a target before. Even if it’s a simple pass to Messi, finding and activating the Argentinian possibly is what Barcelona needs the most.
Yes, for me Sergi should be our starting right-back, no doubt. The definition of a team player and that has the understanding with Leo Barça has been missing since Alves’ days.