Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto believes there is “no need to burn everything” despite his team’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in El Clasico.
Karim Benzema and Federico Valverde scored in the first half on Sunday to give the hosts a two-goal lead at half-time, but Ferran Torres pulled one back with seven minutes left to give Barcelona hope for a comeback.
However, Rodrigo earned all three points for the hosts when he shot from the penalty spot to overtake Real Madrid over Barça to the top of La Liga and end a difficult week for the Blaugrana, whose Champions League hopes hang in the balance after 3: 3 on Wednesday. draw with Inter.
Despite the disappointing defeat, Roberto remains positive about Barcelona’s prospects this season and encouraged his teammates to keep moving in the same direction as they focused on hosting Villarreal in La Liga on Thursday.
“It’s important to be strong in both areas and that was a shame,” Roberto told DAZN. “When we had long possession, we could create chances, and when we were at the top, trying to equalize, we conceded a penalty and it was impossible to equalize.
“We have another final on Thursday and we have to score three points and unite: the fans, the team, the club. No need to burn everything, I have complete confidence in this team.”
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Fellow Roberto defender Jules Kundet told DAZN of his disappointment with the result and the decision to award Madrid a penalty:[I am] very disappointed.
“I don’t think we played badly, but in the first half we didn’t have enough transitions.
“When they don’t have the ball they seem to be struggling, but on two occasions they scored two goals and we have to learn from that.
“Punishment? I don’t see it, but I think very little. With the score 2-1, perhaps we would have had a chance for a draw.”