Rakitic: "I don't like to sit on the bench"

"If you can't enjoy Barça, I don't know where you will enjoy yourself"

Rakitic: "I don't like to sit on the bench"
Rakitic: "I don't like to sit on the bench"

"If you can't enjoy Barça, I don't know where you will enjoy yourself"

Rakitic

| Sport

Ivan Rakitic was interviewed by the newspaper Sport, where he talked about Barça and his feelings in the Catalan club. Here you have some of the best statements

Soccer beginings

  • "I have to say that since I was a kid I’ve been a big Barça fan because at the time [Robert] Prosinecki was playing form them. He was my idol."

Coming to Barça

  • "Everything surprises you, because it is the biggest club in the world. Not just for the club, but all the surroundings, too. It’s unique."
  • "You have to try to improve and try to see all the pressure that there is as a positive, good pressure. If you can’t enjoy Barça, I don’t know where you will enjoy yourself."

Playing for Barça

  • "You have to win in a way which allows people say, yes that is Barça."
  • "I remember last season, the third or fourth game of the season, we beat Granada 6-0, but the next day it was if we’d won 1-0 with a penalty in the 90th minute. And someone said ‘well, but it is Barça."

Rotations

  • I don't like to sit on the bench. If a player likes being on the bench, then he has a serious lack of ambition."
  • "We are a team but you fight to be there [in the XI]. If you want to rest, you have to look for your time."

The trident

  • "Each player has to know their role in the team. I can’t dribble like Ney, shoot like Leo and I don’t have the strength of Luis, but I have other things that maybe they don’t have."

Winning Champions League

  • "It’s an objective, of course, but it’s an objective because it’s a competition we’re doing well in, not because we won it last season and now we want to win it again."
  • "Firstly, we have La Liga. Because that’s our day to day. The toughest competition and I think the most difficult."
  • "Winning is like a drug. You always want more. You always want to improve. You don’t just want to win, you want to get better in the next game."