Neymar completed a shock move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer as he became the world’s most expensive player.
Barcelona are showing no signs of missing the Brazilian though and sit four points clear at the top of La Liga, yet to taste defeat in the league.
And Rakitic insists Barca have coped well without Neymar in their side under Ernesto Valverde.
“In general, in all the matches, we have had control,” he told Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo .
“Before with Ney we had more imbalance and ‘show’ in the three or four years that he was here, maybe we need a little bit of that, which was what Ney gave for himself.
“With the change of system everything changes a little. We have won in balance, in going together, either forward or backward, and what we have to do is improve and finish the matches with ease.”
“Honestly, I’d prefer Ney. If I had a magic wand and could have him by my side, I would.
“Once he’s gone, he opens many spaces to Jordi or Andres, it’s normal, but I’m sure Jordi would also like to find the pass when Ney was open. When there is such an important change, we have to get together more.
“We’ve talked a lot about Ney, but he’s gone and we’re doing very well.”