An unhappy Rakitic was in disbelief after his side's exit, saying: "They don't have a clue how they scored. If you ask them now how they scored, they probably wouldn't know. They say football is the best game in the world... but sometimes it is the dumbest thing in the world. That was tonight, because it is impossible that the better team has to go home. I don't know why things always break on our backs. Where is justice? Why is it always avoiding us?"
Aleix Vidal has no intention on playing a bench role for next season and his future will be decided upon when he meets with the directors of the La Liga champions promptly. The 26-year old right sided player has caught the eye of Roma, Napoli and Inter who are all ready to give him space to relaunch his career, according to Sky Sport.
Javier Mascherano could finally be on his way to Juventus, after Barcelona appear to have found a replacement for the Argentina international. The reigning Serie A champions have been on the trail of the versatile defender for some time, but with the Catalan giants unwilling to sell, were expected to look elsewhere this summer.
Having come to Manchester United under the previous regime, full-back Matteo Darmian could find himself out the Old Trafford exit-door, with Barcelona considering a deal. As a star at Torino, and a regular Italian international, Louis van Gaal brought the 26-year-old to the Premier League, with the defender potentially not doing enough to impress new boss Jose Mourinho.
Argentina and Chile are set to do battle in the final of the Copa America in a repeat of last year’s final, with FC Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano, Leo Messi and Claudio Bravo likely to start for their nations. Following the disappointment of losing out on penalties in the final 12 months ago, Mascherano and Messi will be hungrier than ever to earn their first senior international medals. Bravo, on the other hand, will be looking to help his country secure a second consecutive Copa success, a year on from Chile’s first ever such trophy.
"Some Croatia players talk too much, they should just play." he told Record in post-match interviews. His remark is most likely referring to Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who was bullish in his pre-match predictions while specifically referring to Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo.