Barca cannot afford mistakes against Madrid – Rakitic

The Croatia international is wary of the threat posed by Rafael Benitez’s men, and has warned his team-mates that they must be at their best to record a victory

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic says the Liga leaders cannot afford any mistakes in Saturday’s Clasico with Real Madrid.

Barca visit Santiago Bernabeu holding a three-point lead over their arch rivals, and can extend that advantage with victory in the Spanish capital.

However, Rakitic is aware that one mistake could allow Madrid to draw level at the summit, and has urged his team-mates to perform to their maximum when they meet Rafael Benitez’s side.

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“It is not the same as playing against other teams,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

“Simply because there are so many special players who are just waiting for one bad pass or something.

“So you have to be ready in every single moment, every single second.”

Rakitic is back in contention to feature against Madrid after returning to training following his recovery from a calf injury.

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