Perfect moment to score for Rakitic

Rakitic with a brace against BATE / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The Croatian delighted to get both goals in Barça’s win over BATE Borisov

Next training session on Thursday

Barça will have a day off on Wednesday and return to training on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva at 11.00am CET

Ivan Rakitic was one of the stand out performers in Barça’s win over BATE Borisov in Belarus. His first two goals of the season gave the blaugranes the win. “I have had chances to score before but it has not happened. The most important thing is to help the team, it’s not easy top lay here. It was the perfect moment to score,” he said. The Croatian added: “We have worked hard and we have to continue that.”

The Barça number revealed another reason for the big smile on his face. “I wanted to dedicate the goal to make who is pregnant once again,” he confessed.

Sergi Roberto with a groin problems

Rakitic came on in the game to replace Sergi Roberto after 17 minutes. According the Club’s medical staff after the game, the midfielder has a slight groin problem. On Wednesday he will undergo more tests to find out the extent of the injury.

Javier Mascherano’s post game comments

“We have had a lot of chances and we allowed them few. That is good before we have had defensive problems.”

“We have to keep growing to keep in the running in the league and get to the final stages of the of Champions League and the Copa del Rey.”

“The important thing is to get through, then we will try to finish first. At Barça our only option is to win and winning today does not change anything.”