Ivan Rakitic compared Barcelona’s “crazy” Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain to the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl LI triumph after a historic night at Camp Nou.
Barca had trailed PSG 4-0 after the first leg in France, but an incredible 6-1 win at home – where Sergi Roberto scored a decisive 95th-minute goal – improbably sent Luis Enrique’s side through.
And Rakitic, still struggling to believe the events of the final moments, was reminded of another stunning sporting fightback of 2017 as the Patriots overturned a 28-3 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in February.
“No, I cannot believe it,” he told BT Sport. “It was really impossible. [Now] 15-20 minutes after the game, it is crazy and unbelievable.
“Thank you to the team, to the people around the club and the fans. It was a really special day and it is hard to say something.
“The first game in Paris was hard for us, a lot of people spoke hard with our team but the reaction was special. It is history. We want to keep going on.
“We had to believe [because] 4-0 was hard, but it is football. We saw it in the Super Bowl, what is possible in sport. Today was crazy.
“This is Barcelona, the best team in the world and we want to continue our dream in the Champions League.”