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Ivan Rakitic: Barcelona must be named champions

Ivan Rakitic insists Barcelona must be named champions if the season is abandoned.

The Catalans sit top of the table as things stand with the season on hold due to the coronavirus, and the Croatian says their work so far this season should be valued.

"We all want to play again and to win the league by playing," the midfielder told Movistar Plus.

"But I also understand that if we can't come back, the season will have to end.

"If we're first, then we have to be the champions."

Players have been training alone from their respective homes throughout the quarantine period, but Rakitic is missing his usual habits.

"It's already costing me a bit," he added.

"I really want to touch the ball again, to feel the grass and the group work.

"I want to continue working with the new coaching staff and my teammates."

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