Rakitic drops Bernabeu hint

Ivan Rakitic has hinted that he wants the Santiago Bernabeu to host Barcelona’s Copa del Rey final. “We’d like to play at the biggest stadium…”

The Catalans will defend the trophy in May after an 8-1 demolition of Valencia in the semi-finals, aided by Wilfried Kaptoum’s late goal on Wednesday, which set a new club record of 29 games unbeaten, and Real Madrid’s home has again been proposed as a favoured venue.

“It wasn’t difficult to go out and play the game,” the midfielder said after the 1-1 draw at Mestalla.

“We spoke about it [before the game], but we were better than them and Kaptoum scored a good goal. What we did was very good.

“We changed things and it’s important to try things [like we did] in a competitive match. It was important to see [what we tried] go well.

“We came back from a losing position, although the run of 29 games without losing wasn’t an objective. We’d change it for trophies.

“We want to continue playing in important matches and are working hard on many things, but there’s still a lot of the season remaining.

“[On the final venue], we’d like to play at the biggest stadium so we can fit more of our fans.

“Still, we want to win the cup for our families and fans. If Sevilla get into the final, I’d be happy for them.”

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