Ivan Rakitic compared Barcelona’s “crazy” Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain to the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl LI triumph just after a historic night at Camp Nou.
Barca had trailed PSG 4-0 immediately after the initial leg in France, but an unbelievable 6-1 win at residence – where Sergi Roberto scored a decisive 95th-minute goal – improbably sent Luis Enrique’s side by means of.
And Rakitic, nonetheless struggling to think the events in the final moments, was reminded of an additional stunning sporting fightback of 2017 because the Patriots overturned a 28-3 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in February.
“No, I can’t believe it,” he told BT Sport. “It was definitely not possible. [Now] 15-20 minutes just after the game, it is actually crazy and unbelievable.
“Thank you towards the team, towards the persons about the club plus the fans. It was a truly unique day and it is actually challenging to say a thing.
The very first game in Paris was difficult for us, lots of people spoke really hard with our team however the reaction was specific. It really is history. We need to keep going on.
“We had to believe [because] 4-0 was really hard, however it is football. We saw it within the Super Bowl, what is doable in sport. Now was crazy.
“This is Barcelona, the ideal team inside the planet and we need to continue our dream within the Champions League.”