Rakitic values work over words

Ivan Rakitic was reluctant to speak too much about Sevilla’s Europa League win over Porto, insisting that working hard is more important.

Rakitic played as Los Rojiblancos beat Porto 4-0 in the quarter-final second-leg, overturning the Portuguese’s first-leg advantage.

Asked after the match for his thoughts on the result and the semi-final draw, Mundo Deportivo reports the captain was reticent.

“We must go on, speak little and work hard,” he said.

“It was a beautiful moment but there are four teams capable of winning the tournament. We’re confident.

“Now we must rest [for the derby with Real Betis].

“The derby is an important game because we want to remain strong in the League.”

Sevilla are joined in the semi-final draw by Valencia, Juventus and Benfica.

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