FC Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic scored the first and only goal in his club’s 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao. It was the Croatian’s first La Liga goal of the season and after the game he has revealed that the lack of goals this season has been a growing frustration.
“This was a difficult game, Athletic made it very difficult for us. But I am delighted to score my first goal of the season,” as per reports from Marca at full time. “It is rare to take so long to score a goal, and I am angry about that. It is always difficult to win La Liga, as it is the best league in the world. We will focus on ourselves and fight until the end.”
After many successful seasons playing as a first team regular for Barcelona, Rakitic has lost his position on the team to new signing Frenkie de Jong. But with the Dutch midfielder out injured for several weeks it is expected that Rakitic will receive more playing time as Barcelona is fighting for the Champions League in La Liga.