During an interview with FC Barcelona’s new signing Ivan Rakitić (26), the player was asked many questions about his new coach and teammates. Ivan Rakitić seems to have seamlessly blended with his new team. The Swiss-born Croatian humbly follows the Barça dressing room routine, and wants to become a key part of the team. In addition, his performance was noticed during Barça’s preseason which had different, vertical football, with good ball-striking and powerful middle-distance shots. He came to Barça willing to take a giant leap in quality in his football career.
Being a month at the club, Was it easy to absorb all the changes with respect to Sevilla FC?
Honestly, the changes are noticed, but it’s hard to explain how. Overall, the general idea of football does not change much because the ideas of Unai Emery are similar to those of Luis Enrique. Here the idea is similar to the one in Sevilla which includes possession and pressure, and that is helping me a lot.
You one said that Felix Magath was the most demanding coach you played for. Is Luis Enrique as demanding?
There is only one Magath in the world (smiles) … What you learn with him is awesome. I am very grateful for the year and a half I had with him at Schalke 04, but the way he works is different, very difficult to bear, which requires a lot physically and also because you never know if tomorrow you train in the evening or morning, he always left everything open. Luis Enrique is different; he has very clear ideas, leaves no doubt, and works on all the details. Everything is very professional, even in his talks, he never has lingering questions, and he focuses to the last detail. He has very clear ideas and that is very important to us.
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