Rijkaard: No rift with Barcelona president Laporta

Laporta declared this week that the loss of last season's championship was down to the players and Rijkaard and the Dutchman said: "I don't have a problem with that. The president is just showing he expects maximum effort from everyone.

"I have always said that any failure that comes, I am the person responsible. So you shouldn't accuse the players. I am the first one who must look in the mirror.

"The president has the right to say what he wants because he wants what's best for Barcelona.

"Since the beginning, I have had a good relationship with him. It's important to separate work from personal things. I repeat, I believe the president is doing great work."

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