Victory over Athletic Bilbao does not necessarily make Barcelona the opportunity to retain the Spanish La Liga title this season even greater. This is also recognized by midfielder Ivan Rakitic, but he insisted that the players remained optimistic and struggled until the end.
As is known, Barcelona plays the 31st Jornada of the Spanish La Liga in the early morning West Indonesian Time (24/06) against Athletic Bilbao. Playing at home, the Catalan giants managed to win with a thin score of 1-0, thanks to goals from Ivan Rakitic.
In the previous match against Sevilla, Barcelona only had one point where the draw makes them displaced from the top of the standings. In other words, the victory over Bilbao sent Barca back to the top.
However, this fact is not a guarantee to increase the chances of maintaining the La Liga title this season. Because, the previous peak, the new Real Madrid will play the 31st Jornada match at dawn later.
If Zinedine Zidane’s troops win the match, Barcelona will be practically displaced again from the top.
Because of this, midfielder Ivan Rakitic admitted that it was difficult for his team to defend the La Liga title, but that does not mean the struggle ended just like that. There are still 7 matches left to fight.
“It’s very difficult to win La Liga, that’s why we say that this is the best league in the world. There are many balanced and even tough matches,”
“An empty stadium doesn’t help. We have to work together and prepare ourselves well. Real Madrid is superior with us, we will fight until the end,” said Rakitic as quoted by Marca.
Meanwhile, the goal against Athletic Bilbao yesterday was Rakitic’s first goal after so long experiencing a goal drought this season. The Croatian player claims to be happy because his patience has paid off.
“I want to dedicate my goal to my wife and children, who have to be patient in the past few months,”
“It’s very strange that I haven’t scored a long time. I was quite upset with myself, although I was happy to be able to help the team, “he concluded.