Ivan Rakitic has called on his team mates to win Sunday’s el clasico for Neymar , who will miss the match due to suspension.
The Brazil international sarcastically applauded the fourth official after he was shown a red card in the 2-0 loss to Malaga. He is serving a three-game ban as a result.
Neymar was in tears on Wednesday, after Barcelona crashed out of the champions league, losing 3-0 on aggregate to Juventus.
And Rakitic is keen to show they can put on a good display without the Brazilian.
“I don’t think it needs repeating that he is an important player,” the Croatia international told Sky Sports. “[The ban] is not good, but it is what it is. We need to understand the situation and push on.
“In the past we have already shown that we can also win when Neymar isn’t playing. Of course, it would be much better to have him with us, because he is one of the two or three best players in the world.
“We have a lot of confidence and we have a very strong team. We want to show Neymar that when he is not with us we can still do it, and hopefully we can take a victory for him.”