Sergi Roberto in a training of the Barça


Koeman, surprised with the level of Sergi Roberto in preseason

Published:9/09/2020 - 21:18h

Updated:10/09/2020 - 00:43h

Sergi Roberto has earned Koeman's confidence in this preseason and the Dutchman is very satisfied with what he is seeing from the Catalan in training. The one from Reus could take advantage of Nélson Semedo in the eyes of the coach

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Sergi Roberto has lived a last odd season in the FC Barcelona. After several years in the right side, the canterano happened to the centre of the field by decision of Ernesto Valverde. The technician extremeño wanted to bet of this way by Nélson Semedo in the right-handed side and by the one of Reus in his natural position. Nevertheless, the experiment did not last too much and the 'Txingurri' did not take a lot in retelling with the Catalan for the defence.

With the course of the of Viandar of the Edge and the arrival of Quique Setién, the paper of Sergi went back to change. The Cantabrian decided to give him more importance to Semedo like carrilero and retold with the '20' for the midfield. Like mediocentro or interior had several remarkable performances, but did not consolidate and was alternating of place when the one of Santander estimated it timely. Now, Ronald Koeman will have to decide how use to this polyvalent footballer.

In a first moment, the press informed that the Dutch did not want to Roberto like side. The one of Zaandam arrived with this idea in mind and thought that the best was to reinforce this side so that the one of Reus happened definitively to the half. Nevertheless, in what it goes of pre-season has been able to see to the canterano closely, has known him better and as it aims 'Sportive World', his point of view would have changed.

The midfield is very populated right now with Frenkie of Jong; Sergio Busquets; Riqui Puig; Miralem Pjanic, that will incorporate in brief; Philippe Coutinho, by which will bet like mediapunta with almost total security; Carles Aleñá or Pedri. Besides, also it is necessary to have that it will arrive another half more, that in this case everything indicates that it will be Georginio Wijnaldum, that is the player that has asked Koeman.

Witht antos names for this zone of the field, the trainer barcelonista sees to Sergi in the side competing with Semedo. In fact, right now the Dutch could have doubts on who will be his lateral headline. To the legend culé loves him what is seeing of the Catalan and if the Portuguese no awake, could have he in the eleven initial. By qualities, the luso is more qualified to play here, but the character, the intelligence and his virtues like midfield player could win him the game to eyes of the míster.

Two players with qualities very distinct

The ex of the Benfica is much faster, has more one against one and can tie in short better to the most powerful rivals. The problem is that in attack does not be used to to be decisive neither with his passes neither with his arrivals from backwards, whereas in defence sometimes has disconnections and bad elections. Roberto, instead, is more intelligent when it incorporates to the attack and is used to to decide better with the balloon. Although has good physicist, is far to be able to stop in speed to the swift extremes, something that prejudices him in this duel.

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