Rakitic: Arda could feel hat-trick coming

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has revealed that teammate Arda Turan predicted his hat-trick against Hercules.

The Catalans thrashed the visitors 7-0 in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night for an 8-1 aggregate victory, and Turan bagged three goals at Camp Nou.

Rakitic says Turan asked for the ball because he could feel his hat-trick was on the way, and netted his third moments later.

"I am not surprised. In the corner he told me: 'Brother, give it to me soon, I want to get the hat-trick'. And in 10 seconds he got it," said Rakitic, according to FourFourTwo.

"The truth is that in the first part Hercules defended well, but we had patience. 

"After the first goal it was easier. We had to give more than in the first game.

"The year has gone very well, but could be better. Now it's about enjoying these days with the family and coming back with more strength, 100 per cent."