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Unsung Hero: Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto one of a few who can hold his head high after Levante defeat

Unsung Hero: Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto one of a few who can hold his head high after Levante defeat

Barcelona were clearly far from their best on Saturday afternoon when they were beaten by Levante, however one man can, perhaps, hold his head high after his own individual performance.

The Blaugrana were shocked away from home when the Valencian outfit ran out as 3-1 winners, despite having witnessed Lionel Messi take the lead from the penalty spot in the first half.

However, three goals in the space of 10 minutes or so from Jose Campana, Borja Mayoral and Nemanja Radoja meant Ernesto Valverde’s side failed to extend their lead at the top of the La Liga standings.

Of course, Messi looked like an individual that continued to try and make something happen for his side in the final third of the pitch (WhoScored), although it appeared the vast majority of his team-mates on the Estadi Ciutat de València pitch hardly gave him a helping hand.

However, one man that can, perhaps, keep his head held high and raise his hand regarding a good individual display was Sergi Roberto.

The 27-year-old right-back may not have been too effective in helping determine the overall result, especially considering he was part of a defence that completely collapsed in a ten-minute spell, but he may have helped limit the damage with his performance.

According to the data collected by WhoScored, the Spaniard managed to make three tackles, make one interception, provide one clearance and block an attempted shot from a Levante attack.

It was not just defensively that Roberto tried to help his Barcelona side either, as he managed to produce one key pass, one cross (which managed to find a team-mate) and a completion rate of 94.7%.

Of course, players are rarely going to be scored highly when they are on the losing end of a result, however 90min.com‘s rating of five might just be a little unfair, whilst WhoScored’s match score of 6.46 might actually be a fairer representation of his performance.

It was no doubt a disappointing defeat for Barcelona on Saturday afternoon, but Roberto should not feel too bad about his own display, although the team’s overall showing might just be something that is left thinking about a little longer.

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