Ivan Rakitic hspeaking to the press at the Ciutat Esportiva / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

“There is nothing better than starting the season with a title” said Ivan Rakitic in his Saturday press conference after the team had finished training at the Ciutat Esportiva. Looking ahead to Tuesday’s European Super Cup match in Tbilisi, the Croatian commented that “no team can claim to be at 100% at this stage, but that’s not an excuse. We’re playing for the first title.”

“This is not any old game for me” he explained, referring to the fact that he’s going to be playing against his former club. “There is a lot of Sevilla in me, but not for this game. As I have always done, I’ll be giving everything I have to Barça”.

Luis Enrique and his players have made no secret of their main desire at the moment, which is none other than to repeat the success of 2009 and win all six trophies. “Nobody wants to do that more than we do” said the midfielder. “We want to carry on making history and win the sextet. But we have to take things each step at a time. And the first chance is on Tuesday in Tbilisi.”

Here are some of the other comments made by Ivan Rakitic during his press conference:

Messi and Neymar do a lot for us, but so do all of the players. The most important thing is for us all to start gathering form and doing the best we can”.

“We all know what Messi is capable of doing and he seems happy and on top form”.

“We are confident in ourselves and in our strengths. We’ll work even harder than we did last year. But we know that there will be hard times this season too”.

“I’m confident about my shooting and if I can score goals, then I’m even more confident. Teams like to shut up shop against Barça so long shots are sometimes a useful resource to have”.

“We’ve got a strong team and I just try to be myself. I like taking on responsibilities, as I have done at all the clubs I’ve played for. My role won’t change because Xavi has gone. I am Rakitic and I provide my own virtues.”

Press conference Ivan Rakitic por fcbarcelona

Thanks to the fans

Ivan Rakitic made a point of thanking the Barça supporters for generating such a wonderful atmosphere at the Camp Nou for the 50th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy. A huge crowd of 94,422 people watched the 3.0 win over AS Roma. “It was spectacular to see the Camp Nou almost full” said the Croatian international.

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