“Setien why?”: Barcelona fans fume at Ivan Rakitic inclusion to face Ibiza in the Copa del Rey

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Ibiza away on a Wednesday night seems like the ideal scenario for a lot of people, but it’s rarely associated with football.

That could change tonight as Ibiza take on Barcelona in the Copa del Rey. Realistically they shouldn’t have a shot but the competition has been restructured so these fixtures are now just over one leg, so you never know.

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Quique Setien enjoyed a winning start at the weekend as his team eventually overcame Granada 1-0. They had a ridiculous amount of possession but still needed to rely on Lionel Messi to get the goal.

The Argentine doesn’t play tonight, but it’s still a very strong line up. One player who continues in the midfield is Ivan Rakitic, but his inclusion hasn’t gone down well with a section of the support again:

Every club has a scapegoat of some kind and it seems that Rakitic is the man who gets targeted by the fans. He looked like he might be on the way out this month after struggling for first team action for most of the season.

It’s also possible that Barca are just playing him now to try and bump up his sell on value, but if he starts to gain the trust of the new coach then the fans will need to accept him for the rest of this season at least.


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