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Zone Blitz: Are Barcelona doing the right thing by trying to re-sign Neymar?

By George Davis, Mariah Ramharack&Lance Whittaker July 18, 2019

It's said you should never go back to your ex but Barcelona and Neymar could be a re-marriage made in heaven.

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    Ivan Rakitic called Barcelona "the perfect place for me" after starting his third successive game in the 5-2 win over Real Mallorca on Saturday.

    The Croatia international, 31, appeared destined for the exit door having grown frustrated at a lack of opportunities this season.

    He had started just once - in the September loss to Granada - before being given the nod against Borussia Dortmund on November 27.

    After impressing in a 3-1 Champions League win, Rakitic kept his place for the LaLiga victories over Atletico Madrid and Mallorca.

    Rakitic joined Barcelona from Sevilla in 2014 and has won four league titles and the Copa del Rey on four occasions too, and he has no intention of leaving if he continues to be a first-team regular.

    "Lots of things have happened in the last few months," Rakitic said.

    "Sometimes, things happen that you can't understand, but you have to accept it.

    "It's happened to me. No one gives you anything.

    "I want to give my all and if I can play here then I've always said that there's no better place than Barcelona to keep winning trophies, it's the perfect place for me.

    "I want to enjoy myself and try to help the team improve. I'm giving my best and if it can be like it has been in the last few games then that's even better.

    "I'm here to play and take advantage of the minutes I get to earn the trust of the coach and my team-mates.

    "I'm prepared for anything."

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  • Barcelona's Luis Suarez: Best goal of my career Barcelona's Luis Suarez: Best goal of my career

    Luis Suarez labelled his stunning back-heel effort for LaLiga champions Barcelona as the best goal of his career.

    Suarez scored a memorable goal as Barca defeated Real Mallorca 5-2 at Camp Nou on Saturday to regain top spot in LaLiga.

    While Lionel Messi bagged a record-breaking hat-trick, Suarez capped a wonderful team move by back-heeling past Mallorca goalkeeper Manolo Reina prior to half-time.

    "It's the best goal of my career," Suarez, who has now scored against all 28 teams he has faced in LaLiga, said of the 43rd-minute goal.

    "I knew that it was a tight angle and the last option I had was to hit it with my heel. I was looking to bounce it because I had very little chance against the goalkeeper.

    "[Head coach Ernesto] Valverde tells me that sometimes I miss the easiest ones and score the most difficult ones."

    Barca produced an impressive performance at home to Mallorca as they moved ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference after their rivals won earlier in the day.

    "This shows the confidence we're gaining as the matches go by," Suarez said. "We've been looking for our team-mates more and it was a great match today."

    Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring in the seventh minute as the former Atletico Madrid star netted his first LaLiga goal since October 18.

    "He has had to take up a new position in attack, he must find his space," Suarez of Griezmann. "I congratulate him on settling in because it's not easy."

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