LEAGUES

Setien happy for Rakitic after Barcelona winner

4 months ago
Share

Barcelona coach Quique Setien was pleased for Ivan Rakitic after the midfielder's key contribution against Athletic Bilbao.

Quique Setien praised Ivan Rakitic after the midfielder scored the winner in Barcelona's 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday. 

Rakitic netted in the 71st minute to lift Barca back to the top of the table, three points clear of rivals Real Madrid. 

The Croatian's future has been talked about in recent months but Barcelona coach Setien hailed his impact after the midfielder came off the bench in the second half. 

"He came in in the second half for the Busi [Sergio Busquets] card. He has done it frankly well," he told Movistar. 

"He understands football very well. He has placed himself well, has stolen balls and has joined a definitive action. 

"I am very happy for him." 

Since returning from the coronavirus-enforced break, Barca have collected 10 points from four games and are yet to concede a goal. 

Setien was happier with his side's second-half display, praising substitutes Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig for their performances. 

"In the first half we were not precise with the ball. We had losses, it was difficult for us to recover the ball after loss," he said. 

"I have seen the second half calmer. The entrance of Ansu and Riqui has given us dynamism … they have given us a longer possession. 

"I am happy with the second half. And the first half we can improve." 

Barcelona's busy run of fixtures continues with a trip to Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Related news

Barcelona 1-0 Athletic Bilbao: Rakitic to the rescue as Messi is kept waiting

4 months ago

Simeone: I don't need to praise Llorente, just watch him play!

4 months ago

Atletico boss Simeone matches Aragones for LaLiga wins

4 months ago

Messi goes in search of 700th goal as Barca include Griezmann and Arthur

4 months ago

Levante 0-1 Atletico Madrid: Early own goal enough for third straight win

4 months ago

Hazard and Vinicius can play together for Real Madrid, insists Zidane

4 months ago

Zidane unconcerned by Real Madrid's fixture list complaints

4 months ago

Rumour Has It: Man Utd waiting for Sancho's price to drop, Bellingham set for Dortmund

4 months ago

Tearful Soriano reveals retirement thoughts after playing first match since 2017

4 months ago

Barca's Arthur has to be 'convinced' about Juve move – Paratici

4 months ago

Emotions, not clean sheets the key for Simeone

4 months ago

No Camavinga offers received despite Real Madrid interest

4 months ago

Setien understands VAR concerns after Real Madrid row

4 months ago

De Jong not expected to miss rest of Barcelona season, says Setien

4 months ago

Mikel Merino questions whether Real Madrid would suffer same costly offside call

4 months ago

Rumour Has It: Real Madrid have competition from Liverpool for PSG's Mbappe, Bayern make Sane offer

4 months ago

Real Madrid must set out to win remaining games in Barca battle – Valverde

4 months ago

Courtois: I didn't see anything, it's an offside position

4 months ago

Zidane: We only talk about referees, Real Madrid deserved win

4 months ago