Rakitic allowed Mascherano the chance to score his first goal for the club, the Argentine scoring a penalty in the 7-1 win against Osasuna.
"I wanted to take it, but Pique said to let Mascherano take it and he was right -- you have to listen to the president. I think it was perfect," the Croatian said.
On the title race, he added: "We have to focus on ourselves and not think about Real Madrid. We must focus on our games, win them all and then have faith that they have tough games and anything can happen. We just have to win are own games."