THE CROATIAN IS KEY FOR SEVILLA
Rakitic will meet again with the Camp Nou fans against Barça
Published:2/04/2022 - 18:27h
Updated:2/04/2022 - 18:27h
Ivan Rakitic will return to the Camp Nou this Sunday with Sevilla to face FC Barcelona, in a key duel for the fight for second place in LaLiga. It will be the Croatian's first game in front of the Camp Nou crowd since his departure in 2020
The last party of Ivan Rakitic in front of the public of the Camp Nou was on 7 March 2020, when still lucía the T-shirt blaugrana. This day, the FC Barcelona won by the minimum to the Real Sociedad (1-0) with a penal converted by Leo Messi in the minute 81. After this day would decree the world-wide pandemia of the Covid-19 and LaLiga would suspend until the month of June, to enclosed door by the sanitary restrictions.
That Saturday, Rakitic played 74 minutes, being replaced by Arturo Vidal to fault of 15' for the end. A hand of Him Normand in the area sanctioned after review in the VAR allowed to the Barça resolve the party, three points with which the ones of Quique Setién recovered the leadership lost a week before in Santiago Bernabéu. In June, the Real Madrid would finish winning laLiga depsués of a series of 10 victories in row.
This Sunday, the Croat returns to a Camp Nou that will be to pop product of the big moment of the group directed by Xavi Hernández. If the Barça achieves the three points will go down to the Seville of the second place, with a pending party in front of the Ray. From here the importance of the crash of the Sunday, that besides could represent another opportunity to discount him points to the Madrid, in case that the whites puncture in Balaídos in front of the Celtic.
Rakitic Contested a total of 310 parties like culé, winning it all between 2014 and 2020. The midfield player annotated the first goal blaugrana in the final of the Champions League of 2015 in front of the Juventus (3-1), being the last time that the Catalans attained to remain with the maximum European competition. Besides, 'Racket' conquered four Leagues (2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18 and 2018-19); four Glasses of Rey (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18), two Supercopas of Spain (2016 and 2018), a Supercopa European and a World-wide of Clubs in 2015, for a total of 13 titles with the club.
Rakitic Left in 2020 after the bitter 2-8 of Lisbon in front of the Bayern Munich, split in where it did not play by technical decision. The one of Möhlin was indisputable headline for Luis Enrique (2014-17) and Ernesto Valverde (2017-19), but in his last semester like blaugrana lost integers during the brief step of Quique Setién by the bench of the Camp Nou. Finally, Ivan returned to the Seville in September of 2020 in return of 3.5 million euros. His traspaso in 2014 closed in 18 'kilos'.
Rakitic Visited Catalonia the past season
The Croat visited a pair of times the Camp Nou in the 2020-21, although without public in the grandstands by the pandemia. His first party in front of his ex mates was on 4 October 2020 in the tie 1-1 in front of the ones of Ronald Koeman. The midfield player played 78 minutes in a party in which the goal of the Andalusians was converted by Luuk of Jong, today leading culé.
Ivan visited for the last time the Catalan temple on 3 March 2021 by the turn of the semifinals of the Glass of Rey. The Barça won 3-0 and accessed to the final in the Cartuja, where golearía 4-0 to the Athletic Bilbao. This Sunday, the fans blaugrana sure will receive him with an applause, after six seasons in where it always stood out by his professionalism and delivery in the half of the field, being an ideal partner for Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta after the course of Xavi.