Barcelona veteran Sergi Roberto hailed Blaugrana’s battling spirit in a tough contest against Valencia at Camp Nou
Barcelona both missed a penalty and went down to ten men for half an hour but they managed to get the three points in the end with a 1-0 over Valencia, which led to Sergi Roberto claiming that “leagues are won in matches like this”.
Valencia just can’t catch a break as the former La Liga champions see themselves in the 19th spot and can’t even get a point against the 10-men Barcelona.
An early goal from Raphinha in the 15th minute saw Barcelona go ahead at Camp Nou. However, Barcelona’s woes in the second half worried even the most loyal of fans. First Ferran Torres failed to convert a penalty in the 55th minute. Then Ronald Araujo was sent off in the 59th minute to make the last 30 minutes of the game a nightmare for Barca.
Sergi Roberto happy to continue at Barca
Despite the difficulties however, Sergi Roberto was pleased with his team’s performance after they won their fifth La Liga match in a row.
“We showed we know how to suffer,” he told Movistar. “The red card meant we found ourselves defending more as a team. This is part of a winning team.
“When you go ahead, you need to find a second goal to give yourself some peace of mind. If the penalty had gone in… well. It’s a pity, but you have to know how to suffer.
“Leagues are won in matches like this. We have left Madrid 10 points behind, which is something we have to value.”
The Barcelona academy product is spending his 14th season with the club and Roberto has decided to renew his contract with the club for another year.
“I am happy to continue at this club I’ve spent my life with. It is where I want to be, where the coach wants me to be“
“It is clear that I have been here for many years,” he said. “I am happy to continue at this club I’ve spent my life with. It is where I want to be, where the coach wants me to be.
“It has been easy and we understood each other quickly. I hope that years of many titles will come.”
Barcelona boss Xavi, who spent the match up in the stands due to a one-match ban, was pleased with the result as he talked to the press after the match.
“I’m never going to protest again because watching the game up there has caused me a lot of anxiety,” Xavi joked. “Not being able to communicate with my players was tough.
“The red card was clear as [Araujo] was the last man. It’s a shame because we were in control but didn’t deal with the danger well. It’s a red card.
“You have to know how to close out games. Many times we haven’t done it and today we were made to suffer even more because of the sending off.
“A lack of effectiveness is making us suffer. But with many absentees today, and a red card, we showed we still won.”