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Ivan Rakitic and Barça beat Espanyol 5–0 at Camp Nou on Sunday. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

“We still control our own destiny,” Ivan Rakitic said immediately following FC Barcelona’s 5–0 win over Espanyol on Sunday. “We’re hungry to win both the league and the Copa del Rey.”

Barça’s Croatian midfielder continued: “If we play the way we did today, we have a great shot.”

Rakitic thinks the best way forward for Barça is to simply stay the course. Barça have outscored opponents 21–0 in the last four games, all wins.

“We did hit a rough patch but we’re still confident and our current streak is no accident,” he said.

With next week’s opponents Granada having averted relegation on Sunday, Rakitic wanted to congratulate them. At the same time, he wanted to assure everyone that Barça would “come out with intensity because we’ll be playing for the title.”

Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets also spoke to the media. Here are the highlights what they had to say:

Gerard Piqué

“We had some tough times but everything is fixed.”

“Madrid are on a great streak in La Liga and if they’re still fighting for the title it’s because they deserve it.”

“They’re two different competitions. Madrid will be worried about Deportivo, not the Champions League final.”

“We only care about winning the league and the Copa del Rey, not who wins the Champions League.”

Sergio Busquets

“Madrid’s victory means we have to win next week to be the champions.”

“We’re going to treat Granada as if they are still fighting to avoid relegation.”

“We can’t slip up and it prepares us for the next game.”

“We figured out that we weren’t doing things so well but this is football and it involves some luck. Against Valencia we had plenty of chances to draw level or win. It’s in the past now and it all rests on one game.”

“It’s tough to be fresh at this stage of the season. We had more time to rest and prepare but I’d prefer to still be playing in the Champions League of course.”

“We have two games left this season. Even though Granada have avoided relegation they’re going to play hard in front of their fans. They’ll want to win.  We’ve got plenty of reasons to be motivated to win the title.”


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