Sunday, 30 July 2017


Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has uncovered he was the objective of different abuse amid a showdown with arbitrator Jair Marrufo amid Saturday's Clasico meeting with Real Madrid. 

The 29-year-old had put Barca 2-0 up inside seven minutes, adding to Lionel Messi's opener, with the Camp Nou club in the long run guaranteeing a 3-2 triumph in Miami.

Regardless of the tie being in the International Champions Cup, a well disposed, pre-season competition, the diversion did not go without occurrence.

Following ref Marrufo's choice to stop the amusement in the second half because of what he regarded to be a foul, he and Rakitic traded words before the midfielder supposedly pushed the authority.

Rakitic maintained a strategic distance from a reserving for the episode, however uncovered what the reason for the contention was when addressing columnists in the blended zone following the amusement.

"Individuals who know me know that it is hard to twist me up yet the ref did," Rakitic said. "He offended me emphatically three times.

"I more often than not have a great deal of regard for them yet when they don't indicate it to me, at that point I don't care for it."

Barcelona will meet Real before the Liga season commences, meeting up in a two-legged apparatus to seek the Super Cup one month from now. 

And keeping in mind that Rakitic says the current ICC result implies close to nothing, he is certain that Barca can beat their Clasico matches in official rivalry.

"We will check whether we are superior to Madrid," he included. "This was a well disposed amusement today however the triumph dependably gives certainty.

"The Super Cup will be diverse as we will be playing for a trophy which is what is imperative."

Barca went up against Italian champions Juventus in their opening pre-season neighborly, winning 2-1, preceding barely beating Jose Mourinho's Manchester United 1-0.

The Catalan club will go up against Gimnastic and Chapecoense before the Super Cup, and Rakitic has appreciated the development to the season and the voyage through America. 

Rakitic stated: "There is still a little to go yet I think the visit has been a positive visit. The amusements have had a decent musicality and we have buckled down in preparing. When you win then you generally appreciate it more."

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