The Croatian midfielder thinks the club were unstoppable when they boasted such a star- studded frontline and didn’t wish to stop playing
Ivan Rakitic fondly keeps in mind Barcelona’s treble season in 2014-15, thinking the assaulting trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar left challengers not sure who to concentrate on.
Led by their powerful ‘MSN’ strikeforce, Barca charmed in Luis Enrique’s very first project in charge. Having currently concluded a domestic double, Rakitic scored the opener in a 3- 1 Champions League last win over Juventus in Berlin.
Suarez and Neymar, now at Paris Saint-Germain, likewise scored that day, and their collaboration with the talismanic Messi was one the Croatia worldwide enjoyed playing with.
“It was very enjoyable,” Rakitic stated to Marca about having fun with ‘MSN’ 5 years to the day of that European last success.
“You might see the opposition’s issue, since they needed to completely focus and didn’t understand where to focus the majority of.
“We assaulted at every possible possibility, we threatened and deep and had whatever. It was a happiness to have fun with them.
“We were extremely strong and got more powerful with time. We reached the last at our peak and I keep in mind how we felt.
“We stated that we didn’t desire the season to end since we wished to keep playing. There was a strong sense of superiority that kept us wishing to play.
“[The key was] how the gamers blended together and how starving the brand-new gamers were. All of that was combined with a terrific coach who understood the finer information and how to manage whatever.
“It was an impressive season and I still remember it all today: what happened before the final, the game, the goal, the post-match – it was unforgettable. That final will always be engraved in my mind.”
Barca, 2 points clear of competitors Real Madrid, are poised to resume their La Liga project away to Real Mallorca on June 13.
While the 2019-20 season will have an uncommon feel once it reboots due to the effect of the coronavirus crisis, Rakitic hopes it can show to be a effective one for the club.
“It will be different for everyone,” he stated. “There’s a clear prior to and after with the infection.
“We have come through a hard time, everyone worked at home and now the games will be behind closed doors, so everything will be different.”
Asked if Barca might win the Champions League for the very first time because that 2015 success, Rakitic included: “We wish to enhance a lot of things since we understand that we require to.
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“There’s a great environment in the dressing space and we have clear goals.
“Hopefully we’ll end August with both prizes [La Liga and the Champions League], we are working for that and I believe it is possible.
“We want it. We will have to be prepared and see how the competition is formatted, but we have an opportunity that we want to take advantage of.”