Rakitic: Barca stars will be waking up with headaches

Barcelona's Champions League tie with Liverpool was not about to stop the players from celebrating their La Liga triumph, according to Ivan Rakitic.

Barcelona retained its La Liga title with a 1-0 win against Levante.   -  Getty Images

Ivan Rakitic suggested Barcelona's stars might be waking up with headaches on Sunday after celebrating their La Liga win in style.  

Lionel Messi came off the bench to score the only goal against Levante at Camp Nou on Saturday, ensuring Barca retained its top-flight crown by moving nine points clear of Atletico Madrid – against whom it boasts a superior head-to-head record – with three games to go. 

The Catalan giant enjoyed its post-match celebrations on the pitch with family and friends and Rakitic suggested that the party would not stop there. 

However, with the first leg of its Champions League semifinal against Liverpool looming on Wednesday, the Croatia international insists the focus will soon shift to that mouth-watering clash with Jurgen Klopp's side. 

"I won't lie, I have had a beer and I want another," he said after the game. "We have the day off [on Sunday] and when we get up in the morning, we may have a headache. But after that we have to think about the Champions League."

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