Rakitic i Nainggolan poden enfrontar-se aquest dimecres al centre del camp de l'Olímpic de Roma / FOTOMUNTATGE-FCB

Ivan Rakitic is about to start his second Champions League campaign as a player and is excited at the opportunity to win the famous trophy for the second time. That is something that nobody has achieved since the competition changed format in the season 1992/93. “We are excited about the chance to make history. We would like to be the first team to win it two years in a row,” said Rakitic in an interview with Barça TV. “We have to take it one step at a time, win our first game and get through the group and then we will see,” he added.

The Croatian midfielder described Wednesday’s opponents AS Roma as a team who have “signed very well.” “We will have to be prepared and work very hard because they are a top quality side so we will have to be confident in our abilities.”

Rakitic: in each moment we have to know what do and there is a great chemistry between the group and the coaching

From Italy, the AS Roma player Radja Nainggolan has also spoken on the duel awaiting his side in the Stadio Olimpico in the capital. “We have to think about what we have to do, we are aware that we will be up against a very strong team,” said the Belgian, adding “if we think too much about Barça and their values then we will not get the best out of ourselves.”


Ivan Rakitic ready for the Champions League by fcbarcelona