Barcelona have assigned trainers their own group of players to train during this period of quarantine across Europe.
Football has come to a standstill for us fans but players still have to keep up with fitness behind closed doors. That is especially challenging when nobody can get physically in touch with their trainers and coaches.
Rakitic told Barca’s official channels (via Onefootball), “I have only gone outside to throw out the trash, which is 50 metres away and that’s the only thing I have done on the street.
“Since the Napoli [game] I was already preparing for all this and I did quite a lot of shopping. I remember very well when we went to Naples to play the Champions League game and the issue had already started in Italy.
“I told the doctor that I wasn’t confident about it and that it was going be much [worse]. Now we have to all be together. Of course I would like to play sports on the street as it is better, or take a walk, but we have to understand that we need to do this.”
With football on hiatus, Croatia international Rakitic added: “I have a gym at home and my wife is also very hooked. We go every day, some days in the morning and afternoon and the girls also enjoy it.
“We have set up as a game room in the gym and they can play and we can train. Each [Barcelona] fitness coach has a group of players that he works with. I am with Antonio and I ask him what we have to do, when we have to work harder on the treadmill and on the bike. We are in daily contact, they are very aware of everything and they have an answer.”