NEWS
Saturday February 2 2019
Ivan Rakitic: We deserved Valencia win

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic believes his side did enough to secure a win against Valencia at the Nou Camp, after Marcelino's side ended their eight game La Liga winning streak, with an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Two goals for Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to fight back, after falling 2-0 behind after 35 minutes, but the Croatian international believes they had the chances to collect all three points. 

"We surely deserved to win.

"We played a much better game than Valencia.

"Maybe in the first half we did not play that well, but in the second half we dominated, and at times we were almost playing handball around their area.

"But in the end we came up short, and it is not easy to play against a counter attacking team like Valencia, particularly after a hard game in midweek as we had against Sevilla."

Barcelona host Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi final on Wednesday night, and Messi and defender Gerard Pique are doubtful after picking up injuries in the Valencia tie. 

Football Italia website