On the eve of the Champions League final (starting at 21:00) and the European Cup, Ivan Rakitic talked about the chances of Croatia and Kovacic, who will lead Chelsea to compete for the trophy against Manchester City tonight.
“The Champions League final is always special and a huge opportunity for the biggest trophy in club football. It will be interesting to see how Guardiola will prepare for the team, while on the other hand, Chelsea loses. The coach of the game Tuchel led last year’s finals and has experience. “It will be very nervous, and the small details will determine this big game. I hope that all the happiness in the world will be mutually and let the better party win,” Rakitic said.
The former Croatian national team player wearing a Sevilla jersey today has high hopes for Kovacic in tonight’s game, and he also regards him as the future leader of Croatia.
“Mateo has made great progress in the past two years. He is an excellent player who understands football in a different way. I am very happy to see that he is suitable for the new coach’s game. He is a leader who Leading Chelsea and will definitely lead Croatia for many years in the future. I am with him and I wish him good luck and outstanding performance tonight. Of course, bring this trophy to Croatia”, predicted Rakitic.
For months, many people did not believe that one of Croatia’s main players said goodbye to the national team in the breakthrough of the WC finals.
“My heart hurts. I want to wear the Croatian jersey again. This is the greatest honor. But today’s situation makes me consider Croatia as the biggest fan. I believe Dalic will do it for the team in the best way. Get ready.” I hope all players are ready, “They will make us proud to enjoy together again. I believe they will do everything for their people. I look forward to a truly great Croatia, and I will be with them Go to the end,” he said.
Rakitic also revealed what he thinks is the main favorite for the European title.
“The game will be strong, but it will also be difficult. You travel all over Europe and it is a new and completely different thing. Last year we saw how difficult it is to beat any national team. There are no more results 4:0 or 5 : 0 as Now I need to be 100% prepared in every game. I think France is in this category first because of their strength. They will be very strong in this game. Germany is also very strong. Spain is in The hot circle, the strong Italy is back. It is clear that Croatia can play a great game again, but it will be very difficult. I believe we will see a lot of surprises in this game”, the greatest player Commented. The history of the Croatian national team added:
“You know we have always been gradual. This approach is good for Croatia. The group stage is very difficult. It will be interesting to see how we will start the game at Wembley against England. I believe in We shouldn’t think too much at this moment. The most important thing is through the group stage. In the knockout stage, anything can happen and we can beat anyone. Let’s go to England and fight for the group stage. If we do, I “We will definitely be able to play the last game. “
After the tense Spanish Championship, Rakitic claimed that winning the Atletico Madrid was well-deserved.
“Congratulations to Atletico, they deserve it. After spending many years in Spain, we watched an intense championship game until the final match. This is just the beginning. It is getting harder and harder to win a championship in La Liga every year. Sevilla must To solve some problems we can fight against the big ones, our goal must always be a place in the Champions League. I am very happy and proud to be back in Seville,” he said.
It is difficult for him to answer what his favorite trophy of his career is.
“Uh, it is difficult for everyone, because winning the finals is never easy, but perhaps my favorite is the 2014 Europa League trophy against Benfica, because we had a very difficult season and we changed 16 players. It was an amazing experience, celebration, but you know that the biggest trophy is the Champions League. I won everything in my first year in Barcelona. I played with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, and later Suarez, Neymar and Mascherano played together. It was a two-year dream. I won the Europa League with Sevilla and the Champions League next year with Barcelona. I hope I can win again in Seville next season. Some things,” he concluded.