First Champions League final in Berlin for Ivan Rakitic, that though pretending he is relaxed, he wants to be in Berlin and raise his first Champions League. The Croatian midfielder was interviewed at fifa.com where he valued his first season in Barça. Always showing happiness, current number 4 in Barça remembered his first days at Luis Enrique's team, he reviewed the career of the team during the season and he talked about Leo Messi and Xavi Hernández. Although he played the last match of the season Rakitic doesn't see anything else than Barça raising the cup at Berlin's stadium.
Coming to Barça
"Honestly, I didn't want to make expectations. My objective wasn't dreaming, but living the experience, but I knew that experience is also achieved"
"You must come in Barça with a smile and leave with an even bigger smile"
"Seasons are long and you can play better or worse, it was important to keep calm and be confident. It's not a chance that the best performance of the team arrived at the end of the season"
"He's hard working, he doesn't omit any details and he always tries that our trainings are the best ones"
"He's one of these people who knows how to take the best of each player out of him and this is noticed immediately. That's why we are so confident and we are united to the final"
"The first thing I had to understand when I came to Barça was that in my right I had the best player of the world, Leo Messi. He is so special, he has different moves than any other winger. Furthermore, I also have the best full-back in my right, Dani Alves. Therefore, one of my jobs is to balance the situation and decide what the team need"
"Sometimes you have to let the other shine and put your ability available for the team"
"He's amazing. It has been a huge privilege to learn so much from him, also outside the field: how he behaves, how he gets ready... He's irrepleaceble, I thank him all he has done for me and I whish him all the luck in the world"
"The Club spent a lot of money to have the best forwards, it is normal that they talk about them. They are very good. The most important is that when we win we do it together and we all understand it this way"
"We will face the final quietly. We worked for that. We want to win, we know well Juventus and we respect them, but in our mind we don't have other thing than winning. It is a final and we are Barça."