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Oct 7, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)
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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
1Barcelona16104246192734
2Sevilla1694329161331
3Atletico MadridAtletico1687124121231
4Real Madrid169252419529
5Real Betis167451918125
6AlavesAlaves167451817125
7Getafe166641712524
8Levante166462730-322
9GironaGirona165651719-221
10Celta Vigo165652824421
11Espanyol166371823-521
12Real Valladolid165561518-320
13EibarEibar165562024-420
14Valencia1631031313019
15Real Sociedad165471819-119
16Leganes164661519-418
17Villarreal163671721-415
18Athletic Bilbao162951523-815
19Rayo Vallecano1624101531-1610
20Huesca1615101432-188

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