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Ivan Rakitic: ‘Playing alongside Lionel Messi is special’

Ivan Rakitic has admitted that playing alongside Lionel Messi “is always special” and says that it is important Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde manages the forward’s playing time.


“The important thing is that he’s happy here. The important thing is that he’s with us and he’s by our side,” he told reporters. “Sometimes he should rest.

“To play with him is always special and when he has 20 to 25 minutes too he can change the game and the play completely. It’s good that he was good in this game and we have to look after him well.”