Barcelona defender Ronald Araújo made his first-team debut on Sunday against Mallorca. The 21-year-old got his starting opportunity after Umtiti has been benched due to his injury, and Lenglet missed the game due to suspension.
The youngster showed promising signs in the Barcelona defense and definitely impressed coach Quique Setién.
“Araújo’s performance was excellent today.”, said the Barcelona manager after the 4-0 victory over Mallorca.
With outstanding performance, Ronald Araújo managed to keep a clean sheet. Araújo told that on the pitch, he takes Piqué as an example.
“I follow Piqué on the pitch in detail. He’s my idol and I wish to be like him one day.”, said the Uruguayan defender.
“I have worked hard to earn this opportunity. I am very happy and excited. I tried to enjoy it to the fullest. A few years ago, I used to choose Barcelona on the PlayStation. Now I share the dressing room with them.”, the Barça gem added.
The 21-year-old also explained who helped him a lot since his debut.
“Luis Suarez has helped me a lot since my debut in the first team. He always helps me and supports me. He gave me a hug before the game and gave my advice about how to play calmly. It’s always important to have the support of your team-mates.”, said Araújo.
Barça will not sign a new centre-back this summer reportedly, which gives Ronald Araújo a place in the first team for good. However, the Uruguayan will probably be on the bench against Leganes on Tuesday, since Clement Lenglet will be back from suspension.
Source: Quotes via live post-game interview
Video: Barcelona vs Alavés — Match Preview
Barcelona take on Alavés in Matchday 6 of La Liga Santander, following a wonderful display and victory over Juventus midweek, in the Champions League. But Ronald Koeman’s side have already dropped big points in the league this season, and know that anything other than 3 points against the Basque outfit would be disastrous for our title aspirations.
This should be another good opportunity for Barça to showcase their abilities once more and build on that performance against Juventus, as Alavés are a considerably weaker side to the sort of opposition that the Catalans have had to face so far this campaign.
Having said that, Pablo Machín’s men will try and make life difficult for Barça, similar to what Getafe did, and Alavés will feel confident that with the right sort of game-plan, they can make Koeman’s side slip up in La Liga once more.