Sergi Roberto, with the youths at La Masia | MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

"I recommend that all the young people of La Masia enjoy this moment because they are privileged. Millions of children would want to be in their situation." A statement from Sergi Roberto designed to encourage the residents of FC Barcelona’s academy at a conference that the Blaugrana attended this Friday under the leadership of the Masia 360 programme director, Carles Folguera, and Barça TV journalist, Jaume Marcet.

Sergi Roberto reviewed his arrival at the Club, his progression to Barça B, and, after four seasons, his promotion to the first team. "Patience is key. I advise all the young people, if their dream is to win at Barça, stop watching other clubs." The player from Reus also suggested that discipline was one of the key factors in succeeding: "There are hard times and we have to work, but the reward always comes.”

Consistency and work were the other concepts highlighted by the player: "The most important thing is to always work to the maximum, even if you’re not called into the Matchday squad. Each moment is an opportunity to continue improving. You need to be ready for when an opportunity arises, and then to make the most of it." Finally, he referred to dealing with criticism: "The best thing is to not allow the criticism to affect you in the bad times and not to get too carried away with praise during the good times. The most important thing is for your colleagues to value your work."

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