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La Liga: Barcelona will win when it matters – Rakitic

The Catalans suffered their third straight defeat on Sunday against Fiorentina, but the midfielder insists performances have been good

 Ivan Rakitic has played down Barcelona’s pre-season losing streak by stressing the team will get results when it matters.

Two goals from Federico Bernardeschi consigned Luis Enrique’s men to a 2-1 defeat at Fiorentina on Sunday, meaning they have now lost three games in a row.

Rakitic, who provided a great assist for Luis Suarez’s goal, attempted to take positives from the match and is certain the club will soon return to winning ways.

“The team always want to win and in general we performed very good against Fiorentina,” the 27-year-old told reporters after the match.

“We could have scored more goals but it wasn’t to be today, though it’s more important we turn up in big games.

“The most important thing right now is we return to our usual rhythm and gain confidence, as it always is in pre-season.”