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Araujo, Fermin, ter Stegen speak after Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid: “First loss of the season”



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Barcelona’s night at Montjuic was just not meant to be. From a position where they were absolutely cruising past Real Madrid, they ended up on the wrong side of the 2-1 result.

Once again, it was Jude Bellingham who made the difference for Carlo Ancelotti’s side as he scored both the team’s goals on the night. Credit to Real Madrid, they were the better team in the second half.

Marc Andre Ter-Stegen was one of those players whose night went from paradise to pain in a matter of 20 minutes. From what appeared to be a good performance in goal, he ended up conceding twice as Real Madrid went on to clinch the tie.

Speaking to the media after the game, the German shot-stopper was asked to comment on Jude Bellingham’s heroics and what he thought of Real Madrid’s latest signing.

“I don’t rate opposing players. In the end he was the one who scored both goals and won the match for Real Madrid,” he said, as quoted by MARCA.

He then went on to admit that while Los Blancos took home three points, there were positives to take away from the game for the Blaugranas.

“We had a good match but we are disappointed because we were punished for two goals that came out of nowhere.”

Ter Stegen went on to highlight how they went down to a team whose finishing was superior and the undeserved loss.

“It’s disappointing. I thought we were doing well in general, and it hurts to lose like this. Real Madrid don’t need to create a lot of chances to score and today it was made very clear again.”

Finally, when asked about whether Robert Lewandowski’s absence was a key factor on the night, the goalkeeper refused to use it as an excuse.

“Well, he came on later,” he said.

Young Fermin Lopez, who painfully hit the post in the first-half and enjoyed a splendid El Clasico debut, did not hold back his pain while speaking to the media.

“It’s still early and there’s a very long Liga but I’m very sad. It’s still a dream to have played the Clasico.”

The third Blaugrana player to face the media was Ronald Araujo, who dished out a clinical performance to hold off Vinicius Jr.

“Playing against Vini is always complicated. He’s the best player in 1v1 situations,” he said

“It’s our first defeat this season, and it’s very long. Last season we also lost the first Clasico and we ended up winning the league,” the Uruguayan added on the result.

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