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Ivan Rakitic: 'Barcelona want European glory'

Rakitic: 'Barcelona want European glory'
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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic says that his team are desperate to win the Champions League this season.

Ivan Rakitic has said that Barcelona are desperate to win the Champions League this season after watching bitter rivals Real Madrid win the competition in each of the last three years.

The Blaugrana reclaimed the Spanish title last term, and have also won the Copa del Rey in each of the last four campaigns.

The Catalan giants have not lifted the Champions League trophy since 2015, however, and were dumped out of the competition in the quarter-finals by Roma last term.

Rakitic has revealed that Barcelona's "big aim is to win the Champions League" this season.

"It is time Barcelona returns to European glory. Our big aim is to win Champions League," Rakitic told Novi list.

Rakitic was strongly linked with a move away from Camp Nou during the summer transfer window, but recently revealed that he will soon sign a new contract with the Spanish champions.

Barcelona will open their 2018-19 Champions League Group B campaign with a home game against PSV Eindhoven on September 18.


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Ivan Rakitic in action for Barcelona on May 6, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1273234181624
2Sevilla1272324141023
3Atletico MadridAtletico12651168823
4AlavesAlaves127231712523
5Espanyol126331610621
6Real Madrid126242016420
7Real Valladolid1245399017
8Levante125251819-117
9GironaGirona124531314-117
10Real Sociedad124441514116
11Getafe124441110116
12Real Betis124441215-316
13EibarEibar124351218-615
14Celta Vigo123542220214
15Valencia1228289-114
16Villarreal122551113-211
17Athletic Bilbao121741319-610
18Leganes12246916-710
19Rayo Vallecano121471425-117
20Huesca121381025-156

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