Overview Of: Rakitic's Masterpiece
For two games in a row, against Sevilla and Athletic Club, Ivan Rakitic was Barcelona's top performer on the field.
The Croatian midfielder scored the winner against the Basques and played a key role in his team's victory at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
At the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan he also produced an extraordinary performance, sending an array of clever passes that cut through Sevilla's defence, although his teammates failed to take advantage of them.
In both games, Rakitic registered a 90 percent success rate in passes and recovered the ball eight times over 114 minutes.
After the narrow victory against Athletic, Quique Setien hailed his player's contribution after coming off the bench.
"Rakitic produced a masterpiece by [controlling] the ball [well], positioning himself well and also arriving [in the opposition box]," noted the Barcelona coach.
Celta Vigo host Barcelona on Saturday at 17:00 CEST and Rakitic may be called to start and cover for Sergio Busquets who will miss the game due to suspension.