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FIFA 2018 WC: Nigeria’s Group D with Argentina, Croatia is toughest — Rakitic

Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic believes anything is possible for Croatia at the World Cup, adding that the group D parings of the tournament is the toughest.


Asked what Croatia can do at the World Cup, where they will also take on Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland in the group stage, Rakitic said: “I wish a lot. I think we’ve been the strongest group of all.

“If we get through the group, I believe that everything is possible.”

He said he and teammate Lionel Messi are looking forward to their match. Rakitic and superstar forward Messi will  go head to head in the second Group D game on June 21 in Nizhny Novgorod.

Croatia were one of the better teams to watch at Euro 2016 before losing to eventual winners Portugal in the round of 16, and boast a hugely talented squad including Rakitic, Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Inter’s Ivan Perisic.

But Rakitic still does not see Messi being worried at the prospect of taking Croatia, jokingly telling Marca: “I do not think he gets nervous if I say ‘watch Croatia!’

“It’s the World Cup, you want to play against the best. And if it is against the best of all times, well better. That’s what a World Cup is for.”


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