The Croatian Ivan Rakitic was interviewed by Javier Giraldo for Sport newspaper where he talked about his first months as Barça player and what he is feeling in the pre-season. Cautious, Rakitic is convinced that Barça is still the team with the best players in the world and, despite not having aims, he thinks they can achieve big things.
"All that surrounds Barça has nothing to do with Sevilla. Although, Luis Enrique's and Emery's game ideas are similar. There is quality in the field and you can notice this"
"The idea is based on possession and pressure, and this helps a lot"
"He makes everything clear, he works all details. Everything here is very professional, he has everything very clear, and this is important"
"I see myself good for pressure and I think that I can give a lot. I like to have the ball, combine and kick from far"
"I can't state that I will play like Messi or Iniesta. I want to show my football. Right now everything is ok, but I want to keep improving"
"All of them are important, you can't stop fighting for any title. You look at the trophies later and you can say, I've one all of that"
"The best new is that he is staying. We can keep learning from him, in the field and ouside too"
"I've been captain in Sevilla, but I'm still young. If one day I am captain in Barça, I can say thay I learned everything from him. To have a player like him in my position is wonderful"
"Each of them are very good players, and Messi is the best"
"I am enjoying every training session, with so much quality gathered in 22-23 players"
"I'd rather talk about Barça, we can be frightening too and play well, we'll work to achieve that"