Barcelona will be without the suspended duo of Neymar and Ivan Rakitic as they host Borussia Monchengladbach in their final group stage fixture of the UEFA Champions League.
Manchester United have reportedly reignited their interest in Barcelona ace Ivan Rakitic, who is yet to sign a new deal with the Catalan giants.
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Real Madrid reportedly made an attempt to secure a transfer for Barcelona playmaker Ivan Rakitic during the summer transfer window.
Manchester United and Chelsea were reportedly rejected by Ivan Rakitic in an attempt to bring the player to the Premier League.
Spain and Croatia will play the final match in Group D on Tuesday to determine who tops the group. Spain is comfortably placed at the table summit with 6 points from a possible 6, while Croatia were left licking their wounds after they lost 2 points to Czech republic despite taking a 2 goal lead in a match marred with fan violence.
FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique revealed that he was satisfied with a point after his side squandered a two goal lead to draw 2-2 with Villarreal at El Madrigal
Arsenal are coming off an unimpressive FA Cup draw against Hull City, while Barcelona saw off Las Palmas' challenge in La Liga. Key players were rested by either side at the weekend, and will be raring to go in the crucial first-leg of this much-anticipated Champions League Round of 16 tie.
Messi,Suarez and Neymar’s 122 have goals proved instrumental to Barcelona’s second treble success in the past 6 years. While their plaudits are deserved, and rewarded in accordance, the true triad that proved pivotal to Barca’s success, lay right behind them. It isn’t a small coincidence, that Rakitic’s opener, was the first Barca goal, from open play, since February 28th, to have not been scored by any one of the attacking three. It’s not what Barca’s midfield are known for, and it’s not what makes them stand out. The fact that they aren’t flashy, makes their accomplishments all the more remarkable. The midfield triad of Rakitic, Busquets and Iniesta, in many ways, the perfect midfield masterclass. Busquets, once regarded by Xavi as the smartest player he’s ever played with architects play from deep, and always functions four steps ahead of his opponents. Iniesta is the creator, who transfer the ball from midfield to attack, with near metronomical precision. It is Rakitic however, […]
Luis Suarez’s fine finish made the difference for FC Barcelona against Real Madrid and the Uruguay international hailed it as the most valuable goal he has scored for his new club.