Barcelona have suffered substandard form in November having returned just two wins against a hat-trick of draws and one loss for the month but Rafinha is not fazed ahead of their most significant fixture to date; a La Liga El Clasico against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Saturday, December 3.
During that run, Barcelona lost 3-1 to Manchester City in England, but beat Sevilla in La Liga and Celtic away.
However, dropped points against a Malaga side who had two players sent off, Real Sociedad and, most recently, a 1-1 draw against lower league Hercules in the Copa del Rey all suggest the Catalan giants have little momentum heading into the match against Real.
"Barcelona's form isn't worrisome," said Rafinha, as quoted by Marca, after the draw against Hercules. "Our opponent defended with a back five and we still had our chances - we'll have to be better."
Rafinha acted as captain in what was a makeshift side as Luis Enrique rested key players ahead of the weekend but, regardless of team strength, the Barcelona XI who took to the field in Alicante should have been more than equipped to out-gun, out-hustle and out-muscle a side who compete in the Segunda Division B.
"They closed down space in the back which made it really difficult for us," he said. "When a team is defending deep, we have to shoot more from outside the box, which is what [goalscorer] Carles Alena did."
Real Madrid are still undefeated in La Liga this season having banked ten wins and three draws from their 13 games played to date. Additionally, they have scored 36 times against just 11 goals conceded to yield a positive goal difference of 25, with 33 points on the board. That leaves a six-point cushion over second place Barca, but if the Blaugrana lose on Saturday, then that gap would widen to nine.
Form nor position in the league perturb Rafinha, though, who concluded: "We reach the game with the motivation a match of that magnitude deserves."