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Rakitic insists Barcelona can overturn 3-0 deficit against Juventus


Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) looks dejected at the end of the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg football match Juventus vs Barcelona, on April 11, 2017 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. Juventus won 3-0. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA

Ivan Rakitic has pleaded with Barcelona’s fans to stick by the team as they attempt to achieve another famous comeback in the Champions League when they host Juventus.

Midfielder Rakitic played the full 90 minutes on Saturday as Lionel Messi inspired Barca to a 3-2 LaLiga win over Real Sociedad to keep the title race alive, with leaders Real Madrid up next in the top flight.

The result provided solid preparation for Wednesday’s encounter with Serie A giants Juve, who lead 3-0 from the first leg of the quarter-final tie. But although the situation appears bleak for Barca, Rakitic has vowed that the Catalan club can take inspiration from their miraculous turnaround against Paris Saint-Germain in the last round, when they lost the first leg 4-0.


“If we play in this way, we can do what we have done in other games – like the one against Paris Saint Germain, for example,” Rakitic told Movistar+.
“In any case, we trust ourselves and our fans can trust us too.”

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