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Ivan Rakitic, the secret behind the Messi-Alves connection

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Ivan Rakitic has excelled in his first season at the Camp Nou, with an impressive total of 50 appearances under his belt as he established himself as a key member of the starting XI. Like the rest of his teammates, Rakitic spent the first third of the season trying to work out what Luis Enrique expected from him. With the new manager fielding a different lineup every week, a general feeling of discomfort amongst his players was unavoidable.


Such confusion was never more obvious that when Barca travelled to the Santiago Bernabeu in late October to face Real Madrid. Despite having been trusted as a regular starter, Rakitic was relegated to the bench as Xavi started.

Read my full opinion column for ESPN "After Ivan Rakitic embraced his Barcelona role, success followed" here.

It's your turn


What do you think? How has Rakitic impacted Barcelona's game? Would you consider Rakitic a worthy replacement of Cesc Fabregas? I'd love to hear your views. Share your thoughts with our fellow Blaugranas in the comment box below.

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  1. Manash20.6.15

    i dont know why barca brought fabregas at a time when xavi and iniesta were in their best form...and i dont know how will pogba adjust in this team when rakitic is playing well and iniesta won man of the match in ucl final...who will pogba replace...hope it doesnt repeat the fabregas saga....and barca is a team where every player sacrifices for a better team performance...i have never seen hatred among them...

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  2. Anonymous23.6.15

    Pogba is better then rakitic besides iniesta is 32 or 31 pogba deserves to be in barca and has a good future ahead of him

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