Barcelona have delayed Sergio Roberto’s contract extension following their La Liga defeat to Almeria on Sunday (26 February), Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo has reported.
The Blaugrana had been handed a shock 1-0 defeat on the Energy Horse Stadium on Sunday evening. El Bilal Toure dispatched a surprising half-volley within the twenty fourth minute to place the hosts in entrance.
The Blaugrana pushed exhausting to make a comeback within the second half however didn’t breach Almeria’s resistance. The defeat got here merely three days after their Europa League exit by the hands of Manchester United.
In response to the aforementioned report, Robert’s one-year contract extension was set to be signed on 1 March. Nevertheless, in gentle of their latest performances, Barcelona have pushed again the occasion. It has been claimed that the deal will now be introduced later this week or the next one.
It may be assumed that Barcelona needs to announce Roberto’s extension below brighter situations. The chance might come up in the event that they get the higher of their bitterest rivals Actual Madrid within the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final conflict on Thursday evening (2 March).
Roberto, 31, can’t solely play as a right-back, however he’s additionally able to working as a central or defensive midfielder. He has so far performed 22 video games for Xavi’s facet in all competitions this season, scoring thrice and claiming three assists.
Xavi livid after Almeria defeat, calls it Barcelona’s “worst recreation of the season”
La Liga leaders Barca didn’t impose their authority on Fifteenth-placed Almeria on Sunday evening. The Catalans struggled to maneuver the ball round, didn’t benefit from the 4 huge probabilities they created, and infrequently didn’t match Almeria’s depth.
Talking to the press after Barcelona’s 1-0 defeat to Almeria, Xavi expressed his anger over his males’s show. He stated (through Mid-day):
“I am very offended as a result of I believe we performed our worst recreation of the season. Above all within the first half, we could not transfer the ball round, we lacked depth, velocity, on a day the place we could not mess up.”
“We did not present the eagerness [we needed] To win the sport. Within the second half, sure, however they defended nicely.
Had Barca gained at Almeria, they’d have gone 10 factors away from second-placed Actual Madrid on the prime of the La Liga standings. Los Blancos drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid on Saturday at hand Barcelona a gilt-edged alternative to run away with the title.