The midfielder appeared in press conference before the match against Eibar
Ivan Rakitic appeared in press conference this Thursday midday, before the match Barça will play on Eibar's field (Saturday at 6pm CET). The midfielder admitted he doesn't like to be on the bench, that he is showing the coach he is ready to play whenever necessary. He was also asked about Real Madrid, as El Clásico is coming (March 22). Here you have his best statements:
Adaptation and current situation
"I'm very happy in Barça. I feel like I had been here for many years."
"I want to play all the matches."
"I want to show the coach I'm prepared to be on the field."
"Playing as defensive midfielder wouldn't be new for me. If necessary, I will do it. I want to help the team."
"What's important is not in which position I play, but to win the match."
Real Madrid and El Clásico
"I don't see Real Madrid better or worse. The season is very long."
"If we win El Clásico and then we lose the three following matches, winning Real Madrid would have not been useful."
"Match at Camp Nou will be different from the one we played at Bernabéu."
End of season
"Now the most difficult and also most beautiful moments are coming. We cannot make any mistakes. I will assess my performance at the end of the season."
"We prepare all the matches with full intensity.".
"We are in the best club in the world. We have pressure but we must live with that. We always play to win."
"We always want to win the three points, whether the opponent is Madrid or Eibar."
"We respect Eibar. We know it will be a tough game, they are a good team and played well against us at the Camp Nou"
"Luis Enrique is a hard-working coach, very professional. He analyzes everything and makes sure everything is clear for the players"
"Messi is unique. We might never have another player like him. We should just enjoy him."
"It's a plesure to be with Messi, Suárez and Neymar on the field. All the people around Barça are so happy to have them in Barça."