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Luis Enrique: 'I love Sergi Roberto'

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) vies with Barcelona's midfielder Sergi Roberto during the Spanish league 'Clasico' football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 21, 2014.
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Barcelona boss Luis Enrique pays tribute to Sergi Roberto as the Spaniard continues to thrive in the right-back role for the Spanish giants.

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has lavished praise on Sergi Roberto after the Spanish international starred in Saturday's 5-0 victory over Sporting Gijon.

Roberto came through the Barcelona youth system as a central midfielder, but has been converted into a right-back this season and has been a regular in that position for the Spanish champions this term.

After registering two assists against Sporting, Enrique has hailed the 24-year-old's contribution and ability to perform the role to the coach's orders.

"I don't see another right-back better than Sergi Roberto for Barca, a team who will always have the ball against rivals that sit back, but he can play in the middle as a pivot," Enrique told reporters. "I love him because he comes across very well, has a lot of clarity in the lines and gives a lot to the team."

Roberto has seen off competition from Aleix Vidal to secure the position that Dani Alves vacated when he left for Juventus in the summer transfer window.

Luis Enrique Martinez faces the media during his official presentation as the new coach of FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on May 21, 2014
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