Rakitic: ‘We have been punished a lot this season; we were always there ‘

Ivan Rakitic says goodbye to a season in which Sevilla has grazed great feats. The Croatian admits that he did not start the season at the best level, but feels that he is now much better and that he would not want the League to end.

“I have gone from less to more. I’m very happy with the way the season ended, it’s very good, very positive. The truth is that fills me with strength and I would even say that it is a shame that it ends because I want to continue fighting and playing, but I think it has been very positive, ”Rakitic assured in an interview with‘ Goal ’.

“We have been punished a lot starting with the Super Cup. We almost beat Bayern, we almost passed Dortmund, we almost reached the Cup final and we almost fought to the end in LaLiga. We have been punished a lot. For example, in the last game against Villarreal, we played the best 35 minutes of the season. We played incredibly well and we came away with a result that you said OMG! Soccer is very tough. The truth is that it bites us a lot and we want to improve and take advantage of opportunities. This season we were always there and we had to give the last push to deliver the final blow. We can’t afford a bad minute because it punishes a lot. We have to prepare it for next year ”, adds the midfielder, who saw his dream of returning to what was his home, Sánchez Pizjuán, fulfilled.

The former Barcelona player also mentioned the work of Lopetegui, a coach with whom he has connected very well: “What stands out is that he is a great worker. The way he conveys his idea and his preparation is incredible. He has a technical team behind him that understands his idea and philosophy perfectly. It’s incredible how intense it is. I am very grateful to him, he is very detailed. You work very hard and live football 24 hours a day ”.

To finish, Rakitic had words of memory for José Antonio Reyes, whom he honors by wearing the 10 on his back, his number at Sevilla. “The truth is that it is incredible. I spoke with Munir so that he would leave me the 11 as in the first stage but later they told me the possibility of wearing the 10 of José Antonio and it is incredible. I talk a lot with your son. He is a very great uncle, I am convinced that he is supporting me, he is seeing me and he is very happy and proud of his friend ”, he concluded.