Rakitic: Spain the best in the world

Ivan Rakitic believes Croatia beat the best team in the world in Spain as he considers playing against Barcelona teammates.

Rakitic lined up against the likes of Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta as his Croatia came from behind to beat La Roja and top Group D.

“We played against the best team in the world. If you don’t work hard, they lead you on a dance. We didn’t close down well on the first goal, there was a lot of room and we were punished. With very little they have punished us,” the midfielder said post-match, AS reports.

“Let’s enjoy today’s victory and then think about what comes. If we keep this up we can do something nice. Split loyalties? I’ll have to explain to my [Spanish] wife what’s happened. It’s a divided heart but anyone who knows me knows we have a lot of Spain shirts at home.

“I like that the Barca players are on my team. The tempo they had was impressive. They’ve brought to the national team how they finished the season for Barca.”

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