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Ivan Rakitic: 'Tiredness not an excuse'

Ivan Rakitic: 'Tiredness not an excuse'
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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic insists that his team cannot used tiredness as an excuse following Sunday's 1-1 draw at Valencia.

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has insisted that his team cannot used tiredness as an excuse following Sunday's 1-1 draw at Valencia.

The Spanish champions entered the clash at the Mestalla off the back of a trip to London during the week.

Indeed, Ernesto Valverde's side recorded a 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday to move onto six points in their group.

Barcelona are without a win in their last four league matches, however, and Rakitic has said that his team "have to be able to deal with a busy schedule".

"We know this is our situation, is not new," Marca quotes Rakitic as saying. "You have to be able to deal with a busy schedule, including travelling abroad but this is the beauty of football, it is enjoyable to play so much.

"Our performance was not bad, we fought hard against a team who are one of the best in the division and we were superior at their own ground.

"It is a shame that we could not translate that superiority into a victory and pick up three points that we would have deserved. We conceded very early but we recovered well."

Barcelona will welcome La Liga leaders Sevilla to Camp Nou in their next match after the international break.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sevilla85121881016
2Barcelona84311991015
3Atletico MadridAtletico843194515
4AlavesAlaves9432118315
5Real Madrid8422127514
6Espanyol8422117414
7Real Valladolid833276112
8Real Betis833256-112
9Celta Vigo92521312111
10Real Sociedad83231211111
11Levante83141214-210
12EibarEibar8314912-310
13Getafe823367-19
14Valencia816167-19
15GironaGirona82331013-39
16Villarreal822467-18
17Athletic Bilbao7142913-47
18Leganes8215712-57
19Rayo Vallecano7124715-85
20Huesca8125718-115

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