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Ivan Rakitic had a lively game against Levante / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Ivan Rakitic was one of the standout players against Levante this evening, and scored a cracking goal from the edge of the area. ”Thank God I’ve got my first goal at last” he said afterwards. “The lads were starting to tease me about it. But the most important thing is to help the team.”

Barça struggled to get into the game, but once they did they were able to play their usual game and produce plenty of goals. Rakitic commented that "we all knew that it’s a difficult ground to come to but after the sending off and our goal, it was so much easier. We could relax a bit and govern the game the way we like to. It was an important step forward but we’ll need to keep fighting.”

He started playing in midfield, but after Busquets came on, he dropped back to play just in front of the defence, a position he has played in the past. “Which do I prefer?” he was asked. “For me the important thing is to help the team and I’m just grateful that I’m getting to play so much. My position is my usual one, that’s where I feel most comfortable, but I don’t mind. The most important thing is what’s best for the team.”

Barça stay top of the league with the maximum 12 points. “The results that other teams get don’t matter much to us” claimed Rakitic. “We just have to work hard and we’re on the right track, although there’s still a lot to do.”

The following comments were made by other players:

Sandro:

“I really am very happy, everything was on a roll. We created chances, opportunities, dominated the ball and won ourselves another three points,”

“Messi is a great player. He has so many resources and we need to make the most of them.”

“We all know that Suárez will have a great season once he starts playing. I’m sure he’ll be a success. We’ll carry on working hard to make the most of whatever chances the boss gives us.”

“The team is fine. We’re happy and comfortable. We need to carry on like this.”

Jordi Alba:

“The truth is that last season wasn’t very good, either for me or for the team. After the World Cup and Luis Enrique’s arrival, we were more motivated and we’re working much harder. It’s been some time since we’ve all been so happy.”

“Surprised? It isn’t easy to win every game. Any game can turn difficult and teams at the top can get caught out and drop points. But we just have to worry about ourselves.”

“Everyone in the team is working well together. We’re doing a lot in training and we’re all very happy.”

“It’s a little blister. I can hardly walk right now, but I’ll be okay by Wednesday. It’s nothing serious.”

“It’s a difficult group. They defend well and are tough on the counter. The first goal and the sending off helped us a lot.”

“We know that they’re two very important players for us. Messi is still the best player in the world and Neymar is in great form. It’s important for them to connect well.”

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Ivan Rakitic: "We are on the right track" por fcbarcelona

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